DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 13, 2022 to honor fallen Navy Storekeeper 3rd Class Harry E. Nichols, who was killed at Pearl Harbor during World War II. He is returning to his hometown of Sioux City, Iowa after nearly 80 years.
Navy Storekeeper 3rd Class Harry E. Nichols was assigned to the USS Oklahoma when it was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor and capsized during the attack on December 7, 1941. Nichols was 21-years-old. Navy personnel have been identifying remains of sailors lost at Pearl Harbor. His family recently received their full briefing on his identification.
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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