Flags flying at half-staff Thursday to honor Viray

Don Viray
Don Viray

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii flags will fly at halfstaff Thursday to honor Chief Warrant Officer Two Don Viray.

Viray was killed April 19 in a helicopter crash in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. Three other Hawaii-based servicemen also died in the crash.

Twenty-five-year-old Viray was born and raised in Waipahu and graduated from Roosevelt High School. He was active in ROTC and enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard before joining the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Wheeler Army Airfield on Oahu.

A memorial service for Viray will be held at Borthwick Mortuary Thursday. He will be interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie sends his deepest sympathies to CW2 Viray's family and friends.

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