Gov. Nixon orders flags to half-staff in honor of fallen soldier from Phelps County

May 24, 2012
Jefferson City, MO

Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at government buildings in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis be flown at half-staff on Friday (May 25) to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Private First Class Richard Lewis McNulty III.

PFC McNulty, age 22, of Rolla, was a soldier in the U.S. Army serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He died on May 13 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle in Khost Province, Afghanistan. 

In addition to the flags statewide, Gov. Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at all government buildings in Phelps County be flown at half-staff from May 26 to May 27, and again from May 29 to June 1.

"Memorial Day focuses our nation on the selfless sacrifice of Americans who gave their lives while serving in our armed forces," Gov. Nixon said. "PFC McNulty served our country with bravery and dedication, and I ask all Missourians to remember his sacrifice when they see the lowered flags. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they mourn for him."

PFC McNulty was assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge (Bar, Weapon: Rifle (Inscription: Rifle), Expert), and the Overseas Service Bar.