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Gov. Evers orders flags to half-staff for Navy serviceman killed in Pearl Harbor attack


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MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers has ordered flags to half-staff in honor of a Navy serviceman who was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Arthur R. Thinnes was assigned to the USS Oklahoma battleship and lost his life during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

“Our state is proud of our servicemembers and their tremendous sacrifices, and we pay our deepest respects to the life and memory of Mr. Thinnes,” said Gov Evers. “I am glad to know that after nearly 80 years he is finally being laid to rest in the place he once called home.”

In the years following the attack, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased. Remains of those unidentified were interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu after World War II came to a close.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in 2015 exhumed the remains of unidentified servicemen for scientific analysis. Those tests led to Thinnes’ identification on March 24.

Thinnes will be laid to rest with full military honors at Wood National Cemetery in his hometown of Milwaukee on Friday.

Evers’ Executive Order calling for flags to be flown at half-staff is available here.