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Governor Asa Hutchinson Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Memory of Corporal C.G. Bolden

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson, in tribute to the memory of Corporal C.G. Bolden – an Arkansas native and American war hero – has directed that the United States flag and the state flag of Arkansas be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on February 21, 2015.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement on Cpl. C.G. Bolden: 

"Corporal Bolden represented the best of America. The return of his remains back to Arkansas after 63 years reminds us all once again of the enormous sacrifice of our men and women in uniform and the sacrifice of their families. We owe them all a debt we can never fully repay. Today, we are honored to recognize Corporal Bolden, a Korean War hero and forever one of Arkansas’s own."

Corporal Bolden:

While serving his country during the Korean War, Cpl.  Bolden, a dedicated and courageous soldier who was deeply loved by his family and many friends, was taken prisoner in South Korea on January 5, 1951. On April 30, 1951, Cpl. Bolden died of starvation while a prisoner of war in the Suan Bean Valley transitional camp.

Cpl. Bolden was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division in the United States Army. He was awarded several medals and honors for his bravery, heroism and faithful service, including the Prisoner of War Medal and Purple Heart.