Dayton orders flags to half-staff to honor General Vessey


Governor Dayton has ordered flags on all state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff in a proclamation to honor General John William Vessey, Jr.

The flags are to remain at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on the day of his interment.

Vessey, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died Thursday night at his home in North Oaks at the age of 94.

His 46-year career started when Vessey was a 16-year-old student at Roosevelt High in Minneapolis. He enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in 1939 by lying about his age to get in, the New York Times said.

Forty-six years later he retired from the Army as a four star general. According to his Joint Chiefs of Staff bio, no one has served in the Army longer than Vessey.

For more on Vessey's life and accomplishments click here.

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