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Minnesota flags at half-staff Tuesday for Pearl Harbor Day

State flags will fly at half-staff Tuesday, by order of Gov. Tim Pawlenty, in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

In a proclamation, the governor notes that the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands and other U.S. military installations were attacked by the Naval Forces of the Japanese Empire without warning or provocation, killing more than 2,400 Americans service members and civilians, and injuring 1,100 more. Most of the U.S. ships there were destroyed or damaged.

Also, 84 Minnesota Naval Reservists played a special role in Pearl Harbor events on Dec. 7, 1941. They were aboard the U.S.S. Ward and fired the first shot, sinking a Japanese submarine attempting to infiltrate the harbor defenses prior to the air attack.

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  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 12/06/2010 - 03:12 pm.

    The cynic in me cries out to know whether the governor has ordered flags flown at half-mast every December 7 or simply this one, when he’s busy grooming himself for a run for higher office. A follow-up, perhaps?

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