Flags at half staff to honor soldiers killed in plane crash
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard wants flags to be flown at half staff on Thursday to honor the soldiers who died fighting fires in the Black Hills.
Four North Carolina soldiers died when their C-130 aircraft crashed on Sunday while fighting the White Draw Fire near Edgemont.
Dying in the crash on Friday were Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal of Mooresville, N.C., Senior Master Sgt. Robert "Robbie" S. Cannon of Charlotte, N.C., Maj. Joseph "Joe" M. McCormick of Belmont, N.C., and Maj. Ryan S. David of Boone , N.C.
"It is a tragedy to lose these stalwart soldiers," Gov. Daugaard said. "Our hearts go out to their loved ones."
Flags are asked to be at half staff starting at 8 a.m. until sunset.