Original Japanese WWII USGI Captured National flag Signed by Over 50 Servicemen - 28" x 39"

Item Description

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 soldiers that captured it. They added their names and hometowns, often including their street address as well! We counted, and there are at least 50 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 28"H x 39"W, 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 canvas corner reinforcements, though they are now worn, with the hanging ties still intact on one, and missing on the other. 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.

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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