SW Michigan
3:46 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Flags to fly at half-staff for Plainwell soldier

Veterans memorial at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo
Credit WMUK

Flags will be flown at half-staff Thursday in memory of a southwest Michigan soldier who died after being wounded in Afghanistan. Governor Rick Snyder issued the order Monday for Sergeant Mark Schoonhoven of Plainwell. He died in January at an Army hospital in Texas after his unit was attacked by a bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul in last December. He was part of a transportation company based at Fort Carson, Colorado. A funeral service for Schoonhoven will be held Thursday morning in Otsego.

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6:14 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Plainwell soldier remembered as determined, dedicated

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Staff Sergeant Mark Schoonhoven died January 20th from injuries sustained in December in Afghanistan
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Staff Sgt. Mark Schoonhoven was determined. At 32, the Plainwell native enlisted in the U.S. Army. During basic training, he ranked in physical training exercises, beating out fellow recruits 10 years his junior. "When he went in, he said he was going to give it his all," his father Harry Schoonhoven said Saturday at the family's home north of Parchment.
9:09 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Army Sergeant from Plainwell dies from injuries suffered in Afghanistan

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Sgt. Mark Schoonhoven was died Sunday at an army hospital in Texas. He was 38 years old.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PLAINWELL, MI - A U.S. Army sergeant from Plainwell died Sunday from injuries he suffered last month when his unit was attacked in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense has confirmed. Sgt. Mark H. Schoonhoven, 38, was wounded Dec. 15 when his unit was attacked by enemy forces armed with an improvised explosive device, according to a news release issued Wednesday.