Flags are at half-staff for fallen Fort Drum soldier

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 December 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – The flag is at half-staff outside the Holley Elementary School in this photo taken at about 6:40 p.m. today. Flags were lowered in honor of a Fort Drum soldier who died a week ago in Afghanistan.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of Command Sgt. Major Wardell Benjamin Turner, who died on Nov. 24.

Turner died from wounds suffered when his vehicle was hit by a vehicle-borne IED in Kabul. Turner, a resident of Nanticoke, Maryland, was assigned to the Headquarters, United States Army Garrison at Fort Drum in northern New York.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Command Sgt. Major Wardell Benjamin Turner,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement this morning. “We join with them in mourning the loss of Command Sgt. Major Turner and in honoring his heroism, leadership, and dedication to this great nation.”