Funeral held for vet who carried Iwo Jima flag

Wes H. Claire, an 89-year-old Otsego man and World War II veteran who was instrumental in the flag-raising on Iwo Jima, has died.

He died Dec. 2 and his funeral service was held yesterday (Dec. 9) at Dare’s Funeral Home in Elk River.

Claire was a paratrooper with the 5th Division, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines, B. Co. in Iwo Jima.  He also saw action in  Guadalcanal, Vella La Vella, Bougainville.  Interment was at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.