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Flags at half-staff after unit loses 35th soldier

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered flags at state buildings flown at half-staff today in memory of the Yakima soldier killed last Monday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Twenty-one-year-old Pfc. James L. Miller was the 35th member of the 5th Stryker brigade to die there since it deployed in July from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports all but three have been killed in bombings.

Miller leaves his wife, Katie, and their 18-month-old daughter.

Miller’s mother, Kim Miller, told the Yakima Herald-Republic he was looking forward to returning home in three months. She said he was considering re-enlisting and wanted to be stationed in Alaska. He graduated from Chugiak High School in 2007.

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