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Flags to fly at half staff in honor of fallen Iowa soldier

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Saturday, July 24, flags across Iowa will fly at half staff in honor of an Iowa soldier who died while serving in Afghanistan.

Governor Chet Culver declared flags should be lowered from 8:00 a.m. until sunset to remember Capt. David Wisniewski.  His funeral is Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in Iowa City.

Wisniewski was born in Moville, and graduated from Woodbury Central High School in 1998.  After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2002, was assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, NV as a pilot.  The helicopter Wisniewski was piloting in a rescue mission on June 9 was shot down.  He later died from his wounds on July 2.

The U.S. Air Force credits Wisniewski with saving numerous lives while serving his country.  The flag flying over the State Capitol on the day of his funeral will be presented to his family at a later date.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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