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Bring Back Japanese Flag and Photo (Warning Graphic Image)


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I recently acquired a large grouping to a Marine Corp Avenger Pilot. When I have a few extra minutes I'll post photos of the entire grouping. In the mean time thought I would post the photo and flag illustrating the unfortunate but sometimes necessary horrors of war. I chased this grouping for over 15 years and it has never been on the market. I acquired the grouping from a friend of mine. Himself a WWII US Navy vet who served on the USS Missouri (story for another day). My friend was very good friends with the Marine pilot, who many years after the war became a Baptist minister. After a while he gave my friend his entire war time grouping because as a minister he no longer wanted to keep the items, as they were a reminder of of what this good Christian man had to do during the war. Anyhow as he told it to my friend, one night on Okinawa he heard some noise outside his tent. He called out who's there? And received a response in Japanese. He then fired a a couple of rounds from his .45 at the silhouette outside his tent, killing one of the Japanese infiltrators. He took this flag off the Japanese that he had killed. It is pretty heavily stained with sweat and blood. I'll let the back of the photo tell the rest of the story.

 

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Always looking for 4th Fighter Group and 490th Bomb Group items.

 

 

 

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Impressive grouping! Thanks for sharing and congrats on your acquisition.

Collector of Vietnam and Korean War Sniper Weapons

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1st Sgt CES

I like the flag a lot---nice find

In Memory of Air Corps Technical Sergeant Carl F. Durfee. He died of wounds on 30 December 1944 while serving in the South Pacific. You are not forgotten.

ASMIC member

American Legion member

US Air Force & Air National Guard TAC - MAC

JOHN N. DANIELS ---152nd COMPANY C New York State Infantry--- captured 1864 survivor of Andersonville ---- Great-Great-Great Uncle

Captain Robert L. Hosler, 522nd Fighter/Bomber Sq. 12th Army Air Corp. World War Two P47 Pilot - 1 DFC- 5 Air Medal & 0ne Purple Heart---Uncle

1st Sgt Ann Barry, US Army Air Corp WAC World War Two --ETO --- Aunt

Sgt Willam M. Barry, USMC----Pacific World War Two--Father





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Guys,

Thanks a lot. Your comments are much appreciated. When I have some time I’ll post more items from this huge grouping.

Always looking for 4th Fighter Group and 490th Bomb Group items.

 

 

 

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That is an amazing story and grouping. Well done with your perseverance! I look forward to seeing more.

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manayunkman

Great history!!

 

Looking forward to the ballance of the collection.

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