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UPDATE: County officials request flags set at half-staff

Monday, February 22, 2010

Funeral to take place at Christ Community Church

Clay County officials have begun preparations to mourn the loss of a Brazil Marine.

Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan Feb. 19, 2010. He was 22.

County officials requested flags to be flown at half-staff Monday morning.

"This is a great loss for this community," Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown said.

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw also requested flags be flown at half-staff the remainder of the week.

"It's just heartbreaking," Bradshaw told The Times.

In addition, officials with City Hall confirmed a proclamation would be drawn up for the month of March in honor of Cpl. Stultz.

Officials confirmed Monday Cpl. Stultz' body could be flown into the Terre Haute International Airport Wednesday.

Cpl. Stultz would then be escorted back to Brazil and city officials hope people will line United States 40 in his honor.

Clay County Veterans Affairs representative Mike Holland confirmed Cpl. Stultz is the first serviceman from Clay County to die in combat since 1973, when Gary Boyce was killed during the Vietnam War.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by French Funeral Home.

While a time and date for the funeral have not been set, family members and funeral officials have confirmed the funeral will take place at Christ Community Church, 10942 N. State Road 59, Brazil.

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Thank you for your service and God speed Cpl. Stultz. My thoughts and prayers are with your family!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 11:21 AM

Thank you, all of the city and county officials, for honoring Cpl. Stultz with the request to fly flags at half-mast and to proclaim March in honor of him.

Godspeed and Semper Fi, Corporal.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 12:01 PM

Thank you Brazil Times for the information. If possible could you please continue to update the community as to the time and date to stand on US40? My family will be there saluting this brave local hero. God Bless his family with his Grace and Comfort.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 12:36 PM

I am deeply sorry for the loss of this young man, I could never imagine losing a child. I guess for me it really opened my eyes alittle more because I haven't paid attention much to what is happening over seas. With all of this it just reminds us that someone had to pay the ultimate price for us to be able to enjoy our freedoms. My heart breaks for his family but I just hope they find peace and strength in knowing that his death was an honor and nothing about it was in vain. All the things we take for granted someone else paid the price for. Hug your babies because you never know if it will be the last, who'd ever imagine that someone from little ole Brazil would be coming home like this? I hope that it also opens all of your eyes to what has to happen for us to have so much freedom. I don't even know this kid but although it is very sad and tragic about what happend, his sacrifice has brought so much pride for you to our community. Thank you for all that you done!!!! And thank God for all the other men and women over there and else where who risk their lives so that we can stay at home and enjoy our lives. I know that it really is none of my business but I really htink it would be nice if he could go down 340 so that the kids at North Clay and Northview also could see what this young man gave to all of us. Again, Thank You and God Bless your family in this time of deep sorrow.

-- Posted by ape1 on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 12:24 AM

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