Butler County Times Gazette
  • Ft. Drum soldier to fly grandfather's WWII flag

  • A World War II-era American flag that has flown at U.S. military posts from Texas to Afghanistan will be raised at Fort Drum in northern New York.
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  • A World War II-era American flag that has flown at U.S. military posts from Texas to Afghanistan will be raised at Fort Drum in northern New York.
    The 48-star U.S. flag covered the casket of Marine Pfc. Joseph A'Hearn, who died 68 years ago Wednesday from wounds suffered in the Battle of Iwo Jima. His grandson, Lt. Col Christopher Moretti, serves with the Army's 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum.
    Since 2004, Moretti has flown the flag wherever he's stationed on Feb. 27, the anniversary of his grandfather's death. The flag has flown in Kansas, Kuwait, North Carolina twice, Iraq, Afghanistan, Italy and Texas twice.
    Moretti raises the flag in honor of his grandfather and all fallen American warriors.
    He'll raise his grandfather's flag Wednesday afternoon at Fort Drum's division headquarters.
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