NY flags to be lowered to honor Marines killed in crash

December 14, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Flags on all New York state government buildings will be lowered to half-staff in honor of a Hudson Valley Marine and five other Marines killed when two U.S. military planes collided off the coast of Japan last week.

Flags are currently at half-staff in honor of the late President George H.W. Bush. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the flags will be lowered again on Dec. 31 to honor the six Marines killed in last Thursday’s accident during a refueling mission.

Five of the Marines were aboard a KC-130 refueling plane. They include Maj. James Brophy of Staatsburg in Dutchess County.

The 36-year-old Brophy served 12 years in the Marine Corps. He was a 2001 graduate of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park.

Brophy is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

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