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Flag hoisted over pet cemetery to honor veteran buried next to his best friend

Posted: 7:41 AM, May 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-25 20:29:58Z
Flag hoisted over pet cemetery to honor veteran
Flag hoisted over pet cemetery to honor veteran
Flag hoisted over pet cemetery to honor veteran
Flag hoisted over pet cemetery to honor veteran
Flag hoisted over pet cemetery to honor veteran
Flag hoisted over pet cemetery to honor veteran
Flag hoisted over pet cemetery to honor veteran
Flag hoisted over pet cemetery to honor veteran

An American flag is now flying over Tucson's Pet Cemetery to honor a World War II veteran who was buried with his best friend.

Willard Haskell served as Hamm Radio Operator in WWII. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war.

Haskell survived the Bataan Death March, and a Japanese hell ship, and used Morse code to signal the U.S. forces that he and other POWs had survived their journey -- and they were saved.

An organization called "Flags for the Flagless," run by Officer Charley Foley, teamed up with Tucson Electric Power to fix a broken flagpole at the pet cemetery and invited Haskell's family to the site.

Haskell's wife hoisted the flag over his grave in honor of his service, and in honor of Memorial Day on Monday.