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Fallen Fort Hood Soldier has local ties to county

The U.S. Department of Defense announced June 27 the death of Fort Hood Soldier, Sgt. James Gregory Johnston, 24, who leaves behind his wife, Krista Johnson, currently residing in Coryell County.

In a letter to Coryell County Judge Roger Miller and Bell County Judge David Blackburn, Governor Greg Abbott wrote,“It is fi tting that flags also be flown at half-staff in Coryell County, the home of Sgt. Johnston’s wife. Therefore, according to the previously cited statutory references, Texas and U.S. fl ags in the counties of Coryell and Bell may be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in honor of Sgt. Johnston and his service to state and nation.

“Individuals, businesses, municipalities, and other political subdivisions and entities in the area are encouraged to fl y their flags at half-staff for the same length of time in memory of this brave Texan.

“Our prayers for comfort are extended to his family in their time of grief. I urge all Texans to appropriately remember Sergeant Johnston’s sacrifice made for Texas and the United States.”


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