Flags lowered as remains of WWII pilot, Steelton native, come home

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – The remains of a Steelton native who went missing in action in World War II will be returned to his family today.

Captain Arthur E. Halfpapp was a U.S. Army pilot shot down over Italy in 1945, just 15 days before the end of the war. His remains were discovered in 2014 by an Italian excavation team. In November, DNA tests confirmed the remains were his.

halfpappHalfpapp will be laid to rest at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with full military honors.

Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the United States flag and the Pennsylvania flag in the Capitol Complex and at state facilities in Dauphin County lowered to half-staff in honor of Halfpapp. Wolf said flags shall remain lowered until sunset on Thursday.

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