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Governor orders flags lowered for local combat engineer

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered the lowering of U.S. flags in Michigan on Tuesday in honor of Army Sgt. Joseph M. Lilly, who died after being wounded in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department says the 25-year-old combat engineer from Flint was injured June 12 by an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province and died two days later.

"Sgt. Lilly was a brave and courageous young man," said Snyder. "In service to our state and nation, he paid the ultimate price and his heroic actions will long be remembered. Our thoughts are with his son and entire family during this difficult time."  

Lilly was a 2005 Carman-Ainsworth High School graduate. As a soldier, he also served in Iraq. He is survived by wife Katrina and their son Alexander, 3.

Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint.

Burial will follow at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, with full Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Old News Boys.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and 11-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Another member of his unit from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., also was killed.

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