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Dayton Honors 2 Minnesotans With Half-Staff Flags

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered flags lowered to half-staff Saturday to honor two servicemen whose remains are back home in Minnesota more than a half-century after they were killed overseas.

Second Lt. Harry Bedard of Dayton and Sgt. Ralph Carlson of Braham are scheduled to be buried Saturday with full military honors.

Bedard was killed in action on April 3, 1945, while serving in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II. He was 22 when his B-25 crashed in the Philippines. Bedard’s remains were recovered in 1947 but weren’t identified by DNA until April 2010.

Carlson died in a North Korea POW camp in 1951. His remains were returned to the U.S. from North Korea sometime between the years of 1990-1994 and identified by DNA last February.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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