Original Japanese WWII USGI Captured Battle Damaged / Stained National flag Signed by Over 30 Servicemen - 27" x 22"

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. Just purchased at a large military auction! This is a lovely US GI Bring Back from WWII: an original Japanese WWII "Meatball" National flag, captured and personalized by the soldiers or Marines that captured it. They added their names and hometowns, often including their street address as well! We counted, and there are at least 30 names on this flag! Many are written in cursive script, and are difficult to read, but it just shows that many different people signed this flag. The locations listed literally come from all over the country. There is unfortunately no information regarding what unit these brave men were with, but it may be possible to find out after some research.

The flag measures approximately 27” x 22”, and looks to be 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 paper corner reinforcements, though they are now worn, with the hanging ties still intact, though they appear to be added. 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 a size that could have been used as a good luck flag, but may also have been flown as a national flag. There are holes and “organic red” type staining which is now a nice rust color.

A great USGI bring back flag from the Pacific Theater of WWII, ready to research and display!

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