Funeral is Monday for Fort Campbell soldier killed in Afghanistan

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FRANKFORT, Kentucky — Kentucky's governor has asked state offices to honor a slain Fort Campbell soldier by lowering flags on the day of his funeral service.

Gov. Steve Beshear directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Monday in honor of 22-year-old Spc. John M. Dawson of Whitinsville, Massachusetts.

The Defense Department says Dawson died April 8 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in an attack by small arms fire during an escort mission.

Dawson was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Dawson's service will be Monday in Upton, Massachusetts.

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