Today we (WI state employees) got an email from the governor’s office.
“Today Governor Walker issued Executive Order #188, relating to a proclamation that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Vernon T. Luke of the United States Navy, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, who lost his life during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. …”
So I Googled this man’s name, and found a Stars & Stripes story about a new effort to identify the remaining unknowns from the attack, or at least those from the battleship Oklahoma.
It seems remarkable and praiseworthy to me that there are still people who care enough to continue this forensic work.
According to the article, 2 of the 5 identified sailors were from Wisconsin, which makes me wonder why the other one wasn’t mentioned in the email. Perhaps he’ll get a separate honor at a future date.