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Evers orders flags to half-staff in honor of newly identified Pearl Harbor serviceman

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers ordered flags to half-staff across Wisconsin Friday in honor of Arthur Thinnes, who lost his life in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

According to a news release from Evers' office, Navy Seaman, second class, Thinnes was assigned to the USS Oklahoma. The ship took multiple hits from torpedoes before capsizing, claiming the lives of Thinnes and 429 of his crewmates.

“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,” Evers said in the release. “I am glad to know that after nearly 80 years he is finally being laid to rest in the place he once called home.” 

Thinnes will be laid to rest with full honors in his hometown of Milwaukee October 15.