POSTED: 12:06 a.m. HST, Jun 11, 2011
AUGUSTA, Mich. — Family, friends and supporters have paid their final respects to a 23-year-old Army private from western Michigan who was killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan.
Private Thomas Allers of Plainwell was buried Thursday at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta. The Kalamazoo Gazette says about 35 people were on hand.
Earlier in the day, about 250 people gathered at Plainwell High School for a funeral, during which schools Superintendent Sue Wakefield and others spoke.
Gov. Rick Snyder ordered U.S. flags statewide to be lowered to half-staff Thursday.
Allers and three comrades were killed May 23 by an improvised explosive device. They were part of a unit based at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
Allers was the only child of Denise and Lance Allers.