Friday, April 15, 2011
Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Sailor
The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Navy Hospitalman Benjamin D. Rast of Niles, Michigan. Hospitalman Rast, 23, died April 6, 2011 while conducting a dismounted patrol northeast of Patrol Base Alcatraz, Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned as a hospitalman to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment 2nd Marine Division. Rast was stationed at Naval Medical Center, Expeditionary Medical Force Detachment in San Diego, California. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Pistol Marksmanship Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.