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New Jersey Flags Ordered To Half-Staff For Sergeant Reported Missing In 1946

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBS)– New Jersey governor Chris Christie has ordered that all state buildings fly flags at half-staff on Thursday, December 27th.

Governor Christie signed an executive order that flags be flown at half-staff to honor United States Army Staff Sergeant Zoltan Dobovich whose air crew was reported missing in Europe in 1946.

Sergeant Dobovich died on Nov. 1, 1946 after his B-17G Flying Fortress crashed into the French Alps killing him and seven others.

Sergeant Dobovich was identified in 1983 by Italian military personnel who recovered remains from the crash site.

His remains were returned to his family in Jackson, New Jersey. He is survived by his niece and two nephews.

Sergeant Dobovich will receive a burial with full military honors.

Relatives, friends, and veterans are welcome to visit with the family on Wednesday between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Perinchief Chapels.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 27 at:
Perinchief Chapels
438 High Street
Mt. Holly, New Jersey

Interment and military honors will follow at:
Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery
350 Provinceline Road
Wrightstown, NJ