The Chariton City Council made a special presentation when it presented the American flag to the family of the late Donald L. Halferty in his honor at the city council meeting Monday, June 21.
Richelle (Hamilton) Savage was the only member of the Halferty family present for the flag presentation and she accepted the flag on behalf of the Halferty family. Savage was Donald Halferty’s niece.
The American flag that the council presented to the Halferty family was presented to the City of Chariton in honor of Private Donald L. Halferty at a ceremony held in Chariton this past August by Dien Judge, an aide to then U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack. The flag had flown over the United States Capitol on April 16, 2020.
The ceremony was held in Halferty Park on Aug. 6, 2020, to recognize the new playground there and to honor Private Halferty for the 70th anniversary of his death in the Korean War.
Private Halferty was killed in action at the age of 17 ½ years during the Battle of Naktong Bulge in South Korea. Halferty was the first soldier from Lucas County to die in the Korean War and he was killed in action on Aug. 6, 1950.