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Flag honors WWII officer's service

A Flag of Remembrance will fly Friday to honor a United States Army captain who was part of the Bataan Death March during World War II.

The American Flag will be raised at 9 a.m. in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center for Capt. Sheldon F. Gray. This event is free and open to the public.

Sheldon F. Gray was born in 1912. As a young man, he attended a military academy. Eventually, he joined the United States Army while in Illinois. Gray was assigned to the United States Army Signal Corps.

During World War II, Capt. Gray was part of the infamous Bataan Death March by the Japanese in the Philippines. Capt. Gray died Dec. 15, 1944, in Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippine Islands. His name is on the "Tablets of the Missing" at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

Capt. Sheldon F. Gray was awarded the Silver Star Medal. His wife, Bernadette Gray, received his Purple Heart Medal posthumously.

The entire Gray family is proud of Sheldon's service and sacrifice to his country and happy to have a Flag of Remembrance flown in his memory.

The Flag of Remembrance Program, sponsored by the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435, honors the life and memory of one deceased Veteran every week by flying a flag over the center at 305 Harbor View Parkway, Superior. It is raised on a Friday and lowered a week later. Information on the veteran is on display in the center throughout the week.

For more information about the program, contact John Vaski, (715) 394-7693; Scott Markle, (218) 269-4675; the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, (715) 392-7151 or email info@bvhcenter.org.

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