AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage is ordering that the flags of the United States and the State of Maine be flown at half-staff to honor of a World War II serviceman, 2nd Lt. Robert Emerson of Norway.

On Saturday, the flags will be at half-staff from dawn until dusk.

Emerson was one of five men who died on April 3, 1945, when their bomber crashed in the Philippines. His body is being returned to Maine after his remains were positively identified through advanced DNA analysis. He was buried for decades in Missouri.

LePage says he commends the military establishment for its work in bringing Emerson home.

Emerson will be buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in South Paris at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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