SALEM, OR -- Governor Kate Brown ordered all flags at public institutions be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, in honor of an Oregon soldier killed in the Korean War whose remains were recently identified.
The remains of Corporal Ben Lee Brown, killed in Korea in 1951, were laid to rest Friday at the Roseburg National Cemetery with full military honors. The 17-year-old Southern Oregon soldier was killed in action seven days after he was deployed, in one of the bloodiest battles of the Korean War.
Cpl. Brown's remains were returned to the U.S. in 1993, along with hundreds of other soldiers' remains. Since that time, the governor's office says scientists have been working to match DNA to thousands of missing service members.