Jindal orders flags at half-staff

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Posted: Aug 8, 2011 5:58 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered the flags on all state buildings to be flown at half-staff through sunset Friday in remembrance of two Louisiana Navy Seals killed in Afghanistan over the weekend.

Lt. Com. Jonas Kelsall and Chief Petty Officer Robert James Reeves, both of Shreveport, were among 30 servicemen, a civilian interpreter and seven Afghan commandos killed when their helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Wardak Province, in eastern Agfhanistan.

Reeves, who was 32 years old, and the 33-year-old Kelsall were childhood friends and both graduated from Caddo Magnet High School.

Jindal says the move is an "appropriate and fitting" tribute to the men to "mark their passing, and to honor their memory."

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