Friday, June 11, 2010

Flags to be Flown Half-Staff June 12, for U.S. sailor killed Dec. 7, 1941, during Pearl Harbor attack

LANSING -- Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has ordered United States flags throughout the state of Michigan and on Michigan waters lowered for one day Saturday, June 12, 2010, in honor of U. S. Navy Fireman 3rd Class Gerald George Lehman who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Flags should be returned to full-staff Sunday, June 13.

Fireman 3rd Class Lehman died less than a month after his 18th birthday aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma in Hawaii when the Japanese executed a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. For the past 69 years, his family believed that Gerald was unknown and unrecoverable. However, with advances in modern technology, Lehman's remains were positively identified through DNA testing, and he will finally return home to be laid to rest on Saturday. Read more ...

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