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Gov. Beshear orders flags to half staff in honor of Kentucky sailor killed at Pearl Harbor


(WSIL) -- Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, July 31, in honor of a Kentucky sailor who was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but whose remains were only identified last year.

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Floyd D. Helton, 18, of Somerset, Kentucky, died in the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Read more here.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Helton was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Helton.

Seaman Helton will be interred in Burnside, Kentucky on Saturday.

All individuals, businesses, organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute of lowering the flag to honor Seaman Helton.

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