MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – Captain Arthur Halfpapp was a U.S. Army pilot during World War II when the Steelton native was shot down over Italy in 1945. His remains were discovered in 2014.
Halfpap’s family says he always wanted to fly and serve his country. Halfpapp’s nephew, Pete Wolf, says it was no secret that his uncle was going to be a pilot one day.
“In his yearbook in 1939, he said he was going to fly a plane someday,” Wolf said. “That is exactly what he ended up doing.”.
Burial with full military honors will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetary.
Governor Wolf has ordered U.S. and Pennsylvania and flags at the state Capitol and at state facilities in Dauphin County lowered to half-staff until sunset on Thursday.