Flag ceremony honors fallen soldier Cornell Chao
George Lutz, founder of the Honor and Remember Foundation, presented a special flag that honors soldiers who have been killed in action, to Gold Star Mother Jasmine Crowl on Sunday, Dec. 5 at the Prescott Valley Civic Center. Family and friends joined Crowl for the ceremony.
U.S. Army pilot Cornell Chao, 36, formerly of Fullerton, Calif. died in 2007 when his Apache helicopter crashed in Najaf, Iraq.
Chao served in the infantry during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He returned as a helicopter gunner during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, patrolling mostly around Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad, according to a report in the Orange County Register in Orange County, California.
Jasmine Crowl, who now lives in Prescott Valley, is active in helping other Gold Star mothers and honoring the sacrifices of fallen military members.