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State flags to be at half-staff for Medal of Honor recipient

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:46 p.m. HST, Feb 11, 2011

Hawaii state flags will be flown at half-staff at all state offices and the Hawaii National Guard from sunrise Saturday to sunset Monday, in honor of Hawaii Medal of Honor recipient Barney Hajiro.

Hajiro, who died on Jan. 21, was a member of the  442nd Regimental Combat Team, a Japanese-American U.S. Army unit that fought in Europe during World War II.

An interment ceremony for Hajiro will beheld Monday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

He was among the 22 Asian American veterans who received the Medal of Honor for heroism in 2000, after a Pentagon review.

“Barney Hajiro epitomized the dedication, courage and perseverance exhibited during World War II by all Americans of Japanese ancestry...was well regarded by his community, the people of Hawaii and our nation,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said.

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