Flags To Be At Half Staff To Honor Iowa Pearl Harbor Sailor

Des Moines, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, March 25, 2023, to honor a fallen U.S. Navy Seaman.

The Governor’s office says Seaman 1st Class Donald Stott was killed at Pearl Harbor during World War II. He was from Monticello, Iowa and will be buried there with military honors on Saturday.

Navy Seaman 1st Class Donald Stott was onboard the USS Oklahoma when it was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, and capsized during multiple torpedo hits on December 7, 1941. Stott was 19-years-old. Navy personnel have been identifying remains of sailors lost at Pearl Harbor.

Stott’s services will be Saturday, March 25, 2023, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Monticello at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery of Monticello.

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.

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