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Governor Orders Flags to Half-Staff for WWII Vet

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CLINTON, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff this weekend to honor a World War II pilot from Iowa who was missing for 70 years.

1st Lt. Louis Longman was last seen in April 1944 as his unit returned from a B-25 bomber escort mission over New Guinea. The unit encountered severe weather. Ultimately, 53 pilots and crewmen died that day.

The military declared Longman deceased in 1946, but his remains weren't found until 2007.

Longman was a 1936 graduate of St. Mary's High School in Clinton. He will be buried at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery on Saturday.

Gov. Branstad has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from 5 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, until 8 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 to honor Longman.

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