Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2019
Governor Whitmer Lowers Flags for Identified MIA Korean War Soldier
LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff throughout the state of Michigan on Thursday, November 14, 2019 to honor the service of Sergeant Walter Tobin, Jr., which coincides with the day of his funeral.
“Sergeant Tobin served our country with honor and dignity,” Whitmer said. “After so many years of uncertainty, the return of Sergeant Tobin’s remains will help to provide some closure to his family. I have lowered the flags to honor his life, and serve as our state’s appreciation to finally have him home.”
Sgt. Walter Tobin, Jr. served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a member of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, 31st Regimental Combat Team.
In 1950, his unit was attacked near the Chosin Reservoir. After the attack, Sgt. Tobin was listed as missing in action at the age of 22 years old. His remains were found and identified nearly 70 years after he was killed in the attack.
Sgt. Walter Tobin, Jr. will be buried in Glen Arbor on November 14, 2019 with full military honors.
The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor and selfless service of Sergeant Walter Tobin, Jr. by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.
To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.
Flags should be returned to full-staff on Friday, November 15, 2019.