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Hello all,

I found in a barn an old 48 star flag. It has some mold and mildew and is tattered in a few places and stained. It has two heavy cast riveted rings on the end. Could it be a ship’s flag? I’d love to post pics but I’m on my iPad. Can I email them to someone and they post it here for everyone to see? I’m curious about the possible origin of this flag.

thanks,

Kevin

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Hello all,

I found in a barn an old 48 star flag. It has some mold and mildew and is tattered in a few places and stained. It has two heavy cast riveted rings on the end. Could it be a ship’s flag? I’d love to post pics but I’m on my iPad. Can I email them to someone and they post it here for everyone to see? I’m curious about the possible origin of this flag.

thanks,

Kevin

Kevin, What are the deminsions? If it is large like for a coffin then it is an Army storm flag. These were used as flags that draped over coffins, but they are in fact Army Storm flags.

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My dad found one for me just like this 5' x 9.5' NOS with the box addressed to the Post Office in Henrietta, OK, dated Mar 1941. It looks as new as if it had been made yesterday.

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I’ve had several mint in the box addressed to next of kin.

These were use as funeral flags when other flags could not be found. You can't do a proper tri fold with these flags. They were never intended as funeral flags. These are storm flags.

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During WWII I think it was the only flag used as such.

 

I’ve never seen anything but the storm flag used as a NOK flag.

Not really, watch WW2 footage of burials at sea. The Navy used US Navy flags and the Marines also used the same flags. These are not Army storm flags. The idea was to return to the next of kin the actual flag used in the burial of the fallen. Ones branch of service and when and were one died played a part in the flag used for burial. As I understand it actual flags made for burials were in short supply and many different flags were used. Looking at footage of burials in the pacific islands shows flags of different sizes being used. It's true many family's recieved this storm flag, but it wasn't the only type flag used.

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what ever you do, don't wash it. the material can be weak and it will come apart.

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