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Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Marine Who Died In Vietnam In 1967

Iowa Statewide — Flags are at half-staff today in the Hawkeye State to honor a fallen U.S. Marine.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds ordered the half-staff to honor Lance Corporal John D. Killen III, of Davenport, who went missing in action when his helicopter crashed in Vietnam on June 30, 1967. The 18-year-old’s remains were identified in March 2017 and returned to the United States for burial, along with the remains of two other Marines also killed in the crash. All three are being buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia today. They will receive full military honors.

The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. Flags are at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state until sunset.

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.

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