DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, July 31st, 2021 to honor fallen U.S. Navy Hospital Apprentice 1st Class, John M. Mulick, who was killed at Pearl Harbor during World War II. He is returning to his hometown of Elma, Iowa after nearly 80 years.  


Navy Hospital Apprentice 1st Class John M. Mulick of Elma, Iowa was assigned to the USS Oklahoma when it was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor and capsized during multiple torpedo hits on December 7, 1941. Mulick was 21-years-old. Navy personnel have been identifying remains of sailors lost at Pearl Harbor. Mulick will now be buried in his hometown with full military honors. 


Saturday, July 31, 2021   

Graveside Services    

11:00 a.m.   

Calvary Cemetery   

Elma, IA   


Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state.   


Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.