Flags to be Lowered for Western Iowa Soldier

A 19-year-old Army soldier from Iowa has died in Afghanistan. Pfc. Brandon Buttry, 19, of Shenandoah, Iowa, was killed while manning a watch tower, according to his uncle Steve Buttry. Steve Buttry says it’s unclear when his nephew was killed, but Brandon’s parents, Don and Pam Buttry, of Shenandoah, were informed Monday morning. Steve Buttry says they were told there were “multiple casualties.” Brandon Buttry was one of 14 children. His uncle says he enlisted in the Army. He graduated from basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., and was transferred to Fort Lewis in Washington state. He was deployed to Afghanistan in August. The Department of Defense has not confirmed Brandon Buttry’s death.

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By Ellen Kurt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered state offices to lower U.S. and state flags in honor of a western Iowa soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

Nineteen-year-old Pfc. Brandon Buttry, of Shenandoah, died Nov. 5 while serving in Kandahar Province with the U.S. Army.

The governor has ordered the flags lowered to half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.

A visitation is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Shenandoah.

The funeral is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Buttry was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which is south-southwest of Tacoma, Wash. He was deployed to Afghanistan in August.
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