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Flags at half-staff Saturday to honor two fallen heroes from past wars

Flags around the state will fly at half-staff Saturday to honor two fallen soldiers — one from World War II and one from the Korean War — who will finally be buried this week with full military honors.

Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the action to honor:

  • Lt. Harry Lester Bedard, who was killed in action on April 3, 1945, while serving as a bombardier navigator in the Army Air Force in World War II. He died a hero at 22, when his B-52 crashed on the Cebu Islands in the Philippines. Lt. Bedard’s remains were recovered in 1947, and identified by DNA in April, 2010. He will be honored with a burial of full military honors on Saturday, June 25, 2011.
  • Sgt. Ralph William Carlson, who was killed in action on April 30, 1951, while serving as a tank driver in the Army during the Korean War. Sgt. Carlson went missing in action on Jan. 4, 1951, when his platoon was cut off and surrounded by enemy forces south of Seoul, Korea. He died a hero at 22 on April 30, 1951, in a Korean Prisoner of War Camp. His remains were returned to the United States from North Korea sometime between the years of 1990-1994 and identified by DNA in February, 2011. He will be honored with a burial of full military honors on Saturday, June 25, 2011.

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