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Flags to fly at half-staff Saturday for fallen sailor from Independence killed in Pearl Harbor

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David F. Tidball

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) - Governor Reynolds has ordered flags to fly at half-staff on Saturday to honor an Iowa sailor originally from Independence killed during World War II.

Navy Seaman 1st Class David F. Tidball is returning to Independence to be buried. The 20-year-old perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Tidball's remains were first identified in March. Tidball was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, and was one of 429 crewman who died when the ship was torpedoed.

Tidball's burial will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence.

Tidball will be the second Iowan killed on the USS Oklahoma returned home to the state. On Friday, Navy Storekeeper 3rd Class Harry Nichols was buried in Sioux City.