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Half-Staff Flags

Half-Staff Flags

Moulton, IA (KICD)–Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Iowa this weekend in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert  Bobby E. Howard, formerly of Moulton, Iowa.

Howard, a 21-year old serving with the 450th Bomber Squadron, 322nd Bomber Group, Medium, 9th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps, was last seen April 16, 1945, as his unit was conducting a bombing mission over Germany. His flight was shot down and crashed near Wittenburg, Germany. Only one of the six crew members was able to parachute from the aircraft and was taken prisoner by German forces. Howard and four other crewmembers were declared deceased, but their remains were never found.

In 2014, DNA testing positively identified that part of remains found in 2012 belonged to Staff Sgt. Howard.

Flags are to be flown at half-staff from 5 p.m. today until 8 a.m. Monday.

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