Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of a 23-year-old Navy medic from southwest Michigan who was killed while on patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
The order is in effect for Friday.
The military says 23-year-old Benjamin D. Rast of Niles died April 6. He was assigned as a hospitalman to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.
Visitation for Rast was scheduled for Friday in Niles at the Brandywine High School gym in Niles. A memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday at the school's gym.
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