Original Japanese WWII Battle of Iwo Jima Captured USMC Signed Flag - 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines (3/4) is an infantry battalion of the United States Marine Corps. Nicknamed "Thundering Third". On May 1, 1941, at Cavite, Philippine Islands became the First Separate Marine Battalion, Navy Yard, Cavite. Relocated during December 1941 to Corregidor, Philippine Islands. Redesignated January 1, 1942, to the Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, Corregidor, Philippine Island. The 4th Marine Regiment participated in the Battle of Corregidor from January to May 1942. The unit was surrendered by an Army General and subsequently captured by enemy forces on May 6, 1942. After this 4th Marines temporarily ceased to exist.

The regrouped 3rd Battalion 4th Marines of the 3rd Marine Division, participated in the Battle of Bougainville, Battle of Guam, Battle of Okinawa, and the Battle of Iwo Jima reinforcing the other Marine units of the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions already there fighting. The 3rd Marine Division and other Marine Divisions were regrouping and training for the invasion of Japan, but before they were sent there, the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki finally bringing World War II to an end.

This silk Japanese WWI flag measures 29" x 41" and is very good condition. It is ink marked as follows:

4th Marines
Co. I     3rd BN
3rd PLT.
Roll - Call
Lt. Dave Malinsky
E.E. Harrill
D.C. McDaniel
J.M Ledbetter
D.E. Steffey
F.N. McCrouty


We've been able to verify Lieutenant David Malinsky service in the USMC as a rifle platoon leader by discovering his obituary at this link.

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