Original German WWII Captured Kriegsmarine Flag Signed USGI Rifle Squad
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful condition wool Kriegsmarine battle flag that measures approximately 1.5 meters x 2.5 meters. It is correctly ink stamped with an Eagle and swastika and:
The most interesting feature of this flag is the 11 signatures (12 men made up a rifle squad) of USGIs who were all members of the same infantry rifle squad they read as follows:
1121 brookline Blvd.
Raymod J. Schrader
5 Chestnut St
Ralph S. Naruaez
1244 Park Ave
Ho Snuffy Smith
Joseph F. Tuchewicz
811 Willis Ave.
Alf J Dossin
1498 Jefferson Street
Elmer G. Wimer
This flag was acquired from the the estate of Detroit native Ted Szynal. Szynal’s name is not on the flag, but he was the 12th member of this squad and took this flag home as a souvenir of his time with these men in the war. We were told that Ted’s closest friend in the squad was Gus Pratt of Maryland to whom he remained close until their passing.
Loads of research potential here: we have confirmed the enlistment records of Tuchewicz and Dossin, but have been unable to identify an Army Division for this squad. Anyone with a bit of time should be able to fully research this group who certainly saw service in occupied Europe during WW2.
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