Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered all U.S. and Colorado flags lowered to half-staff on state and federal buildings in Colorado on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Justin L. Bauer.
The 24-year-old soldier from Berthoud was killed Jan. 10 in Baghdad. Bauer was a paratrooper assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, N.C. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Army Commendation Medal.
Bauer was a 2002 graduate of Berthoud High School and had served as a firefighter with the Berthoud Fire Protection District.