Original Japanese WWII USGI Captured and Signed National Flag marked SAIPAN 1944 - 29" x 34"
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. Just purchased at a large military auction! This is a lovely USGI Bring Back from WWII: an original Japanese WWII "Meatball" National flag, captured and personalized by the soldier that found it. They added their names and hometowns, including additional information such as their rank and current location.
The flag measures approximately 29"H x 34"W, and is made from rayon, an early form of synthetic fabric made from wood, which has a lovely sheer look. The body of the flag is white, with a red "sun round" dyed into the middle. It has the correct gold foil corner reinforcements, though they are now worn, with the hanging ties still intact. This flag definitely has seen some wear from service, but is still in very good condition. It has the expected age toning, and areas where the fabric has torn due to wear.
This is the typical type and size of flag that would be used as a "Good Luck Flag", but these were also used as camp flags as well. It was signed with ink, which unfortunately has made the names somewhat hard to read, however we think that we have deciphered all of the writing:
Sgt. Ralph Martin
New York, NY
SAIPAN - 1944
Corp. J. Smith
Arthur E. Curry
Pvt. George Murdock
A great USGI bring back flag from the Pacific Theater of WWII, ready to research and display!
The Japanese call their country's flag Hinomaru (日の丸), which translates literally to "circle of the sun", referencing the red circle on a white field. It embodies the country's sobriquet: Land of the Rising Sun.
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