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Old 08-15-2017, 07:15 PM
 
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A noble gesture on his part, truly the greatest generation; those island hopping campaigns were some of the most brutal, savage, and ruthless battles of World War 2.

U.S. WWII vet returns killed Japanese soldier's flag - CBS News

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Tatsuya Yasue buried his face into the flag and smelled it. Then he held the 93-year-old hands that brought this treasure home, and kissed them.

Marvin Strombo, who had taken the calligraphy-covered Japanese flag from a dead soldier at World War II island battlefield 73 years ago, returned it Tuesday to the family of Sadao Yasue. They had never gotten his body or - until that moment - anything else of his.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbLUZVxbDEQ
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:38 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Thanks for post above...

The Washington Post ran an article on the flag today. Has a bit more info. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...=.7ac867823764
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:46 PM
 
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This is very nice.

How many personal effects of lost American, British, Australian, Dutch, Malay, Russian, New Zealander, Filipino, Canadian, South African, Rhodesian and French soldiers, sailors and airmen have been returned to their respective surviving family members?

Any?
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:13 PM
 
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This is very nice.

How many personal effects of lost American, British, Australian, Dutch, Malay, Russian, New Zealander, Filipino, Canadian, South African, Rhodesian and French soldiers, sailors and airmen have been returned to their respective surviving family members?

Any?
I don't know, but the only reason the flags can be returned is that they were signed by various relatives and friends of the soldier. It's a lot of detective work to use these clues, 70+ years later, to identify the original owner and locate any surviving family. Sometimes the puzzle can be solved, and sometimes it can't.

Obviously, this just can't be done with most other types of items like guns, knives, helmets, and so forth.
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Old 08-25-2017, 07:50 PM
 
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Wow. A bigger man than most.
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