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Offline anton67

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I picked up this flag today from a woman who got it at an estate sale.
The flag is framed and measures 37" X 31".
It appears to be signed by US soldiers.
I took plenty of photos of the soldiers signatures.
The top left part of the flag has a name and I think that it says:
Short Snorter Started by ??
F/o Glen F. Cartjoball ??
Sept 9, 1945 (Okinawa)
So it is dated a week after the Japanese surrenderd.
 
I am also told that it doesn't look like a typical "yosegaki" flag.  I am also told that it could have been from a junior officer to one of his men, with others of the element signing below the meatball.
 
The flag translates as follows. 
 
祈武運長久
Ki Buun Chōkyū
Prayers for Continued Luck in the Fortunes of War
 
贈尾入君
Zō Oiri-kun
Presented to Mr. Oiri [Note: The author did not write Mr. Oiri's given name.  As written, it is from a senior to a junior.  Though my sensei would call me "Power-kun" while speaking, he usually wrote "Guy Power-kun" when signing something. ]
 
駒井隊
Komai Tai
Komai Corps[Note: "-Tai" [squadron/corps/element usually takes the commander's name; I'm guessing Komai wrote this for one of his NCOs or lower enlisted men.]
 
軍人の節操を尚べ
Gunjin no Sessō o Naobe
"Soldier's Integrity/Fidelity is Greatened/Advanced" [perhaps better as "Greaten the Soldier's Fidelity."]
 
Signed:
駒井
Komai
 
FIRST UP IS THE TOP LEFT PART OF THE FLAG.
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Great looking flag with loads of history ;)
"Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your ****, playing cricket is not" Keith Ross Miller R.A.A.F., AM MBE

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Really nice

I love capture flags. I have a German one and its one of my favourite items.

Lee

 

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