« Continue Browsing

e-mail article Print     e-mail article E-mail

Associated Press, Published January 01 2011

Pawlenty orders flags lowered in Marine's memory

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Pawlenty has ordered all U.S. and Minnesota flags flown at half-staff Tuesday at state and federal buildings to honor a slain Minnesota Marine.

Twenty-one-year-old Cpl. Sean Osterman of Princeton was shot by a sniper in Afghanistan on Dec. 14. He died two days later at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

A memorial service for Osterman will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Atonement Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. A funeral service and burial will be held Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Osterman was part of a Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based unit that had been in Afghanistan since about Thanksgiving. The La Crosse, Wis., native graduated from St. Cloud Technical High in 2007.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.