- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags lowered at all state buildings in honor of a 37-year-old Navy officer from suburban Detroit who died from noncombat causes while serving aboard an amphibious assault ship.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason P. May of Macomb County’s Chesterfield Township died June 30 aboard the USS Essex. The helicopter and landing craft platform is deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the war on terrorism that began in 2001.

May served 18 years in the Navy.

The flag lowering is Thursday, the day of his funeral at Lee-Ellena Funeral Home in Macomb Township.

Survivors include mother Pamela Slanec, father Phillip May and brothers Nathan May, Keith Byrne and Patrick Byrne.

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