Item:
ONJR21149

Original Korean War South Korean Taegukgi Flag - Brought Home by African-American GI - with Photos and U.S. Army Discharge

Item Description

Original Items: One of a Kind: Grouping of items attributed to African American GI Master Sergeant Frank R. Ahlers, who served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. The lot consists of Ahler’s U.S. Army Discharge dated 1953, four photographs of Ahler’s in Korea, and best of all; a South Korean Flag which appears to have been carried in combat!

Flag is crudely made, almost homemade in appearance, and measures approximately 35" x 30". It appears to have possibly been made from repurposing a Japanese WWII Meatball flag by screen printing a Blue “yang” over half of the red circle. Shows signs of being carried in the field. Dirty, stains, etc. It was not uncommon for South Korean soldiers to carry flags in the field, much like their North Korean counterparts.

Attributed Korean War trophies are hard to come by, especially those from an African-American GI. Ready to research and display!

The flag of South Korea, also known as the Taegukgi (Korean: 태극기 or 'Taegeuk flag'), has three parts: a white rectangular background, a red and blue Taegeuk in its center, and four black trigrams one toward each corner. Flags similar to the current Taegeukgi were used as the national flag of Korea by the Joseon dynasty, the Korean Empire, and the Korean government-in-exile during Japanese rule. South Korea adopted the Taegukgi as its national flag when it gained independence from Japan on 15 August 1948.

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