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Flags To Fly At Half-Staff In Honor Of On-Duty Soldier's Death

Staff Sergeant James Lynch Wento of the U.S. Army
Staff Sergeant James Lynch Wento of the U.S. Army Photo Credit: International Falls Journal

The American flag will be flying at half-staff in Massachusetts today, Monday, Jan. 25, to honor the recent death of a soldier who had been deployed overseas.

On Jan. 5, in South Korea, Staff Sergeant James Lynch Wento of the U.S. Army died, the Governor’s office said. Wento was from Lynn and was 34 years old at the time of his death. He was on his second South Korean tour.

The United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Monday. They will fly at half-staff at administrative buildings, any public or state-owned buildings, as well as military bases and installations.

At the time of his death, Wento was serving as Headquarters Platoon Sergeant and belonged to the 2-2 Assault Helicopter Battalion stationed in Yongsan, South Korea. While conducting live-fire exercises the vehicle experienced an accidental rollover that claimed his life, according to iFallsJournal.com.

Wento served at various bases in the U.S., did two tours in Afghanistan, and was well-known for his charity work raising money for breast cancer awareness and Toys for Tots. 

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