Fifth Marine Division Veteran's Lot consisting of a Japanese Flag Captured on Iwo Jima with many Prayers and his Uniform Tunic bearing the 5th Division Patch & Sargent's
Lot 160
Iwo Jima captured soldier's personal silk Japanese prayer flag
February - March 1945
Sold for US$ 23,750 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Iwo Jima captured soldier's personal silk Japanese prayer flag
February - March 1945
A captured Japanese silk prayer flag, painted in black ink, decorated with the names of his colleagues and of his Captain, a Nagahisa Muren?, leather corner pieces at the luff with the original cord ties. 28in. x 36in.; together with a dress uniform tunic from a 5th Marine veteran, the tunic bearing the 5th division patch and Sargent's stripes. Small moth hole to the front of the tunic, some light staining and a few small moth holes to the flag.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The War Museum

    A poignant relic of the battle of Iwo Jima, the Japanese silk prayer flag, the Yosegaki flag (gathered writing), was carried by most Japanese soldiers in WWII, and was a common form of trophy taken home by US soldiers. These signed prayer flags were farewell gifts and the text is like signatures on a best wishes card that you might give to a departing employee. They were a Bon Voyage souvenir, the larger signature often being the soldier's squadron commander.
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