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FINAL REST: Remains Of WWII Pilot Returning To Iowa

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Flags will fly at half-staff beginning Friday through the weekend to honor the life of a World War II pilot.

The honor is for Clinton-native and U.S. Army First Lieutenant Louis Longman. He was last seen April 16th of 1944 when his unit hit severe weather flying near Bogadjim, New Guinea. Fifty-three pilots and crewmen were lost that day.

Longman was declared dead in 1946, but his remains weren’t found until 2007. In 2011 DNA tests revealed the remains were Longman’s.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.