LANSING (AP) – U.S. flags in Michigan will be lowered Friday to honor a 34-year-old Navy SEAL who was among the 30 American military personnel killed when their Chinook helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Afghanistan.

Heath Robinson and others aboard the helicopter died Aug. 6 in Wardak Province while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s office said the special warfare operator chief petty officer was from Petoskey, about 225 miles northwest of Detroit.

The Defense Department had listed his hometown as Detroit. School officials have said that Robinson graduated in 1995 from Petoskey High School.

The flag lowering was ordered Wednesday by Snyder.

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