Half-staff flags in Minnesota honor Korean War soldier formerly MIA

Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered flags in on state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff Saturday to honor Cpl. Harold Evans, a soldier who fought and died in the Korean War.

Evans was reported missing in action in 1950; in the 1990s, his remains, as well as those of many other missing soldiers, were recovered from North Korea, but Evans wasn’t positively identified until last month.

He was 22 when he disappeared while his unit fought at the Chosin Reservoir in December 1950. He was awarded the Purple Heart and other military medals.

His parents and six siblings have since died, too.

Dayton’s office says Evans’ interment with full military honors will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.

In a proclamation (PDF) issued today, Dayton says the state recognizes Evans 63 year after his death “for his dedicated service to and sacrifice for his fellow citizens of Minnesota and the United States of America, with its deepest gratitude and all thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and all who know him.”

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