American Flags at Half-staff in Honor of Private First Class Dustin D. Gross

Kentucky’s Gov. Ordered Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Local Soldier Who Lost His Life

Private First Class Dustin D. Gross, 19, of Jefferson, Kentucky died on May 7th, in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan.  Pfc. Dustin Gross died from injuries sustained from enemy forces attack on his unit with an improvised explosive device.  Gross was a member of the 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  He was subsequently awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Army Good Conduct medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Dustin graduated high school in 2011 from Montgomery County High School in Mount Sterling.  This past Saturday in Montgomery County friends and family met to honor Dustin.  One after another, people stopped by the American Legion Post to pay their respects to Dustin and his family.  “I figured there’d be a good turnout but I expected nothing like this,” said Jill Tipton, Dustin’s aunt.

Dustin D. Gross

Steve Beshear, the Governor of Kentucky, has mandated that American flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, May 17th, 2012, in honor of Pfc. Gross who gave his life supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.   Funeral services will be held on May 17th at 11 a.m. at Montgomery County High School in Mt. Sterling.  Burial services immediately follow at Machpelah Cemetery in Mt. Sterling.  Gov. Beshear also encourages individual s, businesses, and organizations to join in this tribute honoring Pfc. Dustin D. Gross.

Private First Class Dustin D. Gross

“We love and are very proud of Dustin. This is very hard for us. We appreciate all the prayers, love and support from out family, friends and the community. We just need to mourn our loss in private at this time.” – Dustin’s Family

If you would like to help the soldiers in honor of Dustin Gross, you can do so by donating to the Montgomery County High School Junior ROTC or Air Force recruiting stations in Lexington.

“Rest in peace American Solider of Freedom, may God shine his light to show you the path home.”

Credit: WKYT 27, Daily KOS, Lex18

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