Monday, Gov. Steve Beshear recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky native solider who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Kevin J. Graham, 27, of Benton, Ky. died September 26 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
Spc. Graham became the 16th casualty of his team since it was deployed to Afghanistan in July. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. He entered active duty July 26, 2007. This was his first deployment.
Gov. Beshear will order that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of Spc. Graham’s interment for which arrangements are still pending.