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#1 USmilitaryMuseum

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 01:16 PM

Just picked this flag up today at the Raleigh Military Show.  It's a fairly large flag, it has been framed for a very long time and the seller said he got it from a closed down American Legion in Alabama.  On the back of the frame, there is faint pencil writing but it says, Ned P. Hobbs, Army Air Force, Iwo Jima.  Is there anyone on here that could possibly translate the flag?

 

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 01:19 PM

Eric Queen could probably help. Nice find!

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 02:32 PM

The kanji at the top of this Hinomaru Yosegaki says something like "everlasting fortune in battle". War era Japanese reads from right to left (usually), and this is reversed, I believe. Most likely many of the kanji around the flag are names of well wishers, or other patriotic slogan. I have two of these (tho' not from Iwo!) and got them translated at the Japan Forum, link below. You may have to join, but it is free. As it is a Japanese forum, be very respectful in how you communicate. Good luck, I got a lot of help with mine.

 

https://www.jref.com...-militaria.206/

 

 

 

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 03:02 PM

The bottom line is, it is written with a bunch of well wishes from the family, close friends or teachers of the member. I have a very ornate flag like that one that's completely filled out and my brother who lives in Tokyo, and sister in law (Japanese) translated it for me.

Some of the kanji characters aren't used in common day Japanese language anymore, so they are a bit tough to translate. My flag belonged to a man with the last name of Tanaka, and my brother stated it was like looking for a Smith in America!

Nice flag!

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 06:47 AM

Nice flag. His name is written at far right. 

 

吉岡信 = Matoko Yoshioka



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Posted 03 June 2018 - 07:09 AM

Thank you everyone for the responses!  Eric, are the rest of the symbols just patriotic sayings? 



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Posted 03 June 2018 - 07:14 AM

Nice flag



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Posted 03 June 2018 - 08:12 AM

No there is a mixture of slogans (like  義勇 奉公 giyuuhoukou = heroic service) and signatures of well wishers. Seems to be a number of relatives (same last name) 



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Posted 03 June 2018 - 09:03 AM

No there is a mixture of slogans (like  義勇 奉公 giyuuhoukou = heroic service) and signatures of well wishers. Seems to be a number of relatives (same last name) 

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 03:36 PM

Terrific flag - really like that a lot.



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Posted 09 June 2018 - 05:42 PM

Very nice !!



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Posted 10 June 2018 - 06:12 AM

Great flag. I have got to get mine framed....

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#13 katieony

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 09:11 AM

A nice, historic relic.



#14 USmilitaryMuseum

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Posted 11 June 2018 - 04:16 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments!



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Posted 12 June 2018 - 03:30 AM

Beautiful flag. I love those Pacific theater items.




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