Evers orders flags to half-staff for Wisconsin brothers killed in Pearl Harbor attack

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MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers has ordered flags be flown at half-staff on Saturday in honor of three brothers who were killed in the Pearl Harbor attack.

Flags will be lowered as a tribute to the Barber Brothers — Fireman First Class Malcom J. Barber, Fireman First Class Leroy K. Barber, and Fireman Second Class Randolph H. Barber of the United States Navy.

“The story of the Barber brothers and their family is a tragedy that has been a source of pain for the New London community, our state, and our country now for the better part of a century,” said Gov. Evers. “I am grateful for the work of many now nearly 80 years later who helped bring these brothers home.”

The three brothers from New London, Wisconsin were killed during the Pearl Harbor attack while they were aboard the USS Oklahoma. The Barber brothers will be laid to rest with full military honors at Most Precious Blood Cemetery in New London, Wisconsin, on Saturday. Evers’ executive order is in effect from sunrise to sunset that day.

The governor said he plans to issue an order requiring flags be flown at half-staff for the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, but he felt it was important to “specifically honor the Barber brothers and their return.”