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Gov. Cooper orders flags at half-staff Aug. 23

Aug. 23. US and North Carolina flags are at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today in honor of US Marine Private First Class Henry E. Ellis and all those who have fought for our country overseas and never returned home. PFC Ellis was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, and first enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserve in 1943 during World War II. He reenlisted in 1948 and was part of the Headquarters Company, 1st Service Battalion, 1st Marine Division in November 1950, while the division advanced through the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). PFC Ellis died while in combat near the Koto-ri Sector of the DPRK on November 30, 1950. After more than 70 years, he was returned home to family and friends on Friday, August 20 providing much needed closure to his loved ones. Services for PFC Ellis were set for Aug. 23 in Salisbury.

Statement from Gov. Roy Cooper:

“Private First Class Ellis fought selflessly for this country and gave his life to defend our nation. We are grateful for his sacrifice and honor his dedication to duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they meet their loved one for the final time, and we remain committed to bringing all North Carolinians home no matter how long it takes.”