Missouri soldier killed in Afghanistan

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Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Flags across Missouri have been ordered to half-staff in honor of a Benton County soldier who was killed in Afghanistan last month.

First Sergeant Billy Joe Siercks, 32, of Lincoln, died on Oct. 1 from wounds he sustained days earlier when insurgents attacked his unit in Logar, Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon order all U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings to be flown at half-staff on Thursday in honor of Siercks.

“First Sergeant Siercks served our country with bravery and dedication, and I ask all Missourians to remember his sacrifice when they see the lowered flags,” Nixon said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they mourn for him.”

A long-time member of the U.S. Army, Siercks earned a number of awards and commendations for service in Afghanistan and Kosovo, including multiple Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. Siercks will be buried Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery