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Leon Arickx (left) and Joseph Johnson. Leon Arickx (left) and Joseph Johnson.

Mitchell County and Fillmore County men to be laid to rest on Saturday.

Posted: Jul. 6, 2018 12:31 PM

KIMT-TV 3 – Two men slain in the attack on Pearl Harbor will be laid to rest Saturday in North Iowa and southeastern Minnesota.

Leon Arickx of Mitchell County and Joseph Johnson of Fillmore County died when the USS Oklahoma was sunk on December 7, 1941, but their remains were only recently identified.

Graveside services for Arickx will be held at 11 am at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Osage on Saturday. Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset that day in Arickx’ honor.

Johnson’s coffin will be escorted through Rushford at 8:30 pm Friday, going through the city along Highway 43/Mill Street. The public is invited to pay their respects. Johnson’s funeral will be held at 1 pm in the Rushford Lutheran Church, followed by internment.

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