Iowa flags at half-staff to honor Vietnam sailor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all state flags be flown at half-staff in honor of an Iowa sailor who went missing during the Vietnam War and whose remains were recently identified.

A report from the Department of Defense says Donald McGrane, of Waverly, was part of a four person Navy crew on a helicopter mission in North Vietnam that was shot down and crashed in 1967.

The Defense Department announced this week that it had identified remains of the four victims.

The sailors will be buried with full military honors Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.

In Iowa, the flags will be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

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