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Why is the flag at Salem City Hall at half-staff?

The American flag at Salem City Hall is currently at half-staff in honor of Private First Class John William MacDonald, USMC, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division.

PFC Williams, a native of Somerville, MA, participated in the invasion of Tarawa Atoll and was Killed in Action during the assault on Beach Red 3 on 20 November 1943. His remains have been identified and are returning home to be laid to rest at the Bourne National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.