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Flags lowered to honor fallen soldier who grew up in Hillman

Submitted by on January 23, 2020 – 12:56 amNo Comment

The State of Michigan is honoring a fallen soldier who grew up in Hillman and died in the line of duty earlier this month.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags lowered to half-staff throughout the state on Thursday, to honor the service of Army Specialist Bradley Walsh and coincide with his funeral.

Walsh was in his third year of active duty when he died on January 8 of unspecified causes. He was 21 years-old.

Walsh was born in Kalamazoo and grew up in Hillman. He moved during his senior year of high school and joined the United States Army after graduating from Otsego Adult Education in 2017. Walsh was stationed with the 73rd Transportation Company, 10th Transportation BN, 7th Transportation BDE at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia.

“Our state mourns the loss of Army Specialist Bradley Walsh as he is laid to rest,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “We are grateful for his selfless service to our state and nation in the United States Army. My thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

A funeral service is being held at First Baptist Church in Paw Paw today, before Walsh is laid to rest at Harwick Cemetery in Mattawan.

Flags should be returned to full-staff on Friday.