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Tony Evers ordered flags at half-staff on Monday for the recently identified soldier killed at Pearl Harbor

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Flags of dying military members are raised on Memorial Day at Memorial Park at Wells – Davis – Young – Neil American Legion Post 209, Orfordville, Wis., Monday, May 31, 2021.


Amber Arnold, State Journal


Governor Tony Evers has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Wisconsin to honor a Wisconsin man killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Monday, but he was not identified until this year.

The executive order signed by Evers on Friday commemorates Markeson’s Naval Hospital Apprentice First Class Keef R. Connolly, who died aboard the USS Oklahoma on December 7, 1941, after being struck by Japanese aircraft at Ford Island, Hawaii.

Navy personnel recovered the remains of 429 crewmembers killed in Oklahoma, and intercepted unidentified people at the Pacific’s National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu after the war.

In February of this year, Connolly was identified by investigators from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, who retrieved the unidentified remains of the 2015 attack.



keef connolly

Keefe R. connolly


Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency


Born in New Diggings on October 26, 1918, Connolly joined the Navy in October 1937. After his death he received the Purple Heart, a military honor given to those killed or wounded in battle.

In a statement, Evers said, “I would like to thank all those who have worked to ensure that Naval Hospital Apprentice First Class Connolly is able to return home after so many years to allow him to rest in his home state.” can be given.” “We are grateful for his service and his sacrifice, and we hope this final visit will bring peace to his memory.”

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