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Captain Arthur Halfpapp


Captain Arthur E. Halfpapp, 23, of Steelton, was killed in combat in April of 1945 during World War II and is finally being brought home.halfpapp4 13 16 BW

 He was born on July 1, 1921 and was the son of the late Grace Halfpapp.

 He is survived by a nephew, Rev. Jack W. Sipe and his wife Lura of Middletown; and four nieces, Mary Lou Kear and her husband Thomas of East Stroudsburg, Pa., Sandy Catalano of Texas, Louise Blount and her husband Bernie of Elizabethtown, and Joan Moore and her husband Benny of Florida.

 Captain Halfpapp was a member of the Army Air Corps and was missing in action until his remains were identified in late 2014. Captain Halfpapp led a group of aircraft on a dive-bombing run along the road parallel with the Po River near Guarda, Italy. His plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire causing the crash.

 A tribute to his life will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Jack W. Sipe officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. A medal presentation will take place at the funeral home during the funeral service.

 Burial with full military honors will be in Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

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