Flags At Half Staff Friday To Honor Iowa WW II Sailor


Perfect American Flag lowered to Half-Mast waving in the wind fully extended after another sad memorial

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(Des Moines, IA) -- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to fly half-staff from sunrise to sunset Friday, May 13th to honor an Iowa sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7th,1941.

Navy Storekeeper 3rd Class Harry E. Nichols was assigned to the USS Oklahoma when it was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor and capsized during the attack. The 21-year-old was a native of Sioux City. His remains were recently identified.

Graveside services with Full Military Rites will be May 13th in Sioux City.

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state.  

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.   

Christy-Smith Funeral Homes of Sioux City is handling arrangements.


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