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Flags at half-staff Sunday for Pearl Harbor vet

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has directed government agencies to fly the U.S. and North Dakota flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Aug. 13, in observance of the burial of Navy Fireman 1st Class Lawrence Fecho.

Fecho, a 20-year-old sailor stationed on the USS Oklahoma in Pearl Harbor when the ship was attacked Dec. 7, 1941, will be buried with full military honors during a service at Willow Creek Lutheran Cemetery near Willow City.

Fecho is the second North Dakotan this year whose remains have been identified through DNA testing by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The first was Gunner's Mate 1st Class Arthur Neuenschwander, who was also aboard the USS Oklahoma when it was attacked. His remains were identified earlier this year and returned to his hometown of Fessenden for burial in June.

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