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Korean War (Chosin Reservior) battle flag


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I just got this today. This flag belonged to my good friend Williard "Bill" Donovan. At 20 years of age he was the Platoon sergeant of 4th Platoon, Love Company 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He went to Japan with the division and from there to Korea, Inchon/Seoul and finally the Chosin Reservoir. This is the battle flag he carried with him to Korea. Bill was medivac's from Hagaru-ri on 3 Dec 1950 with three wounds and frozen feet and hands. while recovering in the hospital, he wrote this on the flag.

 

Bill passed away in 2010 and our mutual friend had been taking care of his property and estate when she came across the flag that Bill had framed at some point and, since Bill and I were good friends, she wanted me to be its caretaker. She and her family came to DC from Michigan this weekend and I took them to see Bill's final resting place at Arlington Cemetery. She \had brought the framed flag with her and presented it to me At the cemetery. I am deeply honored to be the custodian of this piece of history.

 

I tried to post pictures but it doesn't seem to allow me to do so. Perhaps if I post them as separate replies it will work....worth a try.

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Semper fi; Bill











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Well....no picture would display but when I actually posted it, one of the pictures showed up....odd, that. I'll try posting the second picture here and will keep my fingers crossed. A

 

Again, it didn't show up while I was replying. hopefully the picture will appear when I actually make the post.

 

 

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Semper fi; Bill











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Cobra 6 Actual

Thanks for posting these! Hats off to him for his Service, too!

Looking for:

 

1. CIB with M16 instead of 1795 Musket

2. Rarer current era brassards and armbands

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

 

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Great story....Glad you got it!


Pvt. James H. Honey 1st Md. Eastern shore Vol. Inf. Co. D (union) Gettysburg
Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
Cpl. Harry Lawrence Butler Jr 23rd Regt. WIA Korea Lt. George Olin Tilghman 111th MG. 29th Div. WW1 DIS France 1919
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Thats a beauty! My dad was a Jarhead in Korea so kinda got a soft spot for that stuff!

David Turman

Semper Fi !

"Not as Lean, not as Mean, but still a Marine!"

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Captainofthe7th

Bill, thanks for posting and what a great item. I'm sure you're aware of the story of the entrapment and the breakout. I'm interested in what the text is in the frame, please post if you can!

 

Rob

Exhausting & Dirty Work



Interested in buying identified or re-searchable Korean War uniforms, groupings, medals and more.

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