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    Marine returns Japanese WWII flag to original family [Image 14 of 14]

    Marine returns Japanese WWII flag to original family

    HIGASHISHIRAKAWA, GIFU, JAPAN

    08.15.2017

    Photo by Sgt. Neysa Huertas Quinones 

    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

    Villagers point out family names on Sadao Yaasue’s flag at Higashishirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, Aug. 15, 2017. World War II veteran Marvin Strombo traveled 10,000 miles from his quiet home in Montana to personally deliver a flag he had taken from the Japanese soldier during the battle of Saipan. The heirloom was given to Yasue before he departed to the war from his family and village members. It was adorned with the signatures of all his loved ones as a symbol of good fortune. The flag is the only thing the Yasue family has been able to retrieve since their brother departed 73 years ago. The reunion was made possible by the Obon Society of Astoria, Oregon. The ceremony also took place during the Obon holiday in Japan. A holiday dedicated to going back to the place of origin of one’s family and spending time with one another. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. N.W. Huertas)

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    IMAGE INFO

    Date Taken: 08.15.2017
    Date Posted: 08.15.2017 06:07
    Photo ID: 3675043
    VIRIN: 170815-M-RH401-583
    Resolution: 5760x3840
    Size: 2.1 MB
    Location: HIGASHISHIRAKAWA, GIFU, JP

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