Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Monday, April 2, in honor of a New York soldier who died in Afghanistan on March 26.
Staff Sergeant William R. Wilson III died in Paktika province as a result of wounds from small arms fire. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment of the 172nd Infantry Brigade, based in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Staff Sergeant Wilson was from Getzville, Erie County.
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and fellow soldiers of Staff Sergeant Wilson,” Governor Cuomo said. “We will always be grateful for the service and dedication of this New York soldier.”
Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state’s service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.
The International Security Assistance Force said an apparent Afghan police officer shot and killed Wilson at a security checkpoint.