THE JAPANESE SURRENDER SIGNING: IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY FLAG FROM THE JAPANESE BATTLESHIP THE NAGATO. A large Imperial Japanese Navy Flag, 2080 x 3180 mm.

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THE JAPANESE SURRENDER SIGNING: IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY FLAG FROM THE JAPANESE BATTLESHIP THE NAGATO.
A large Imperial Japanese Navy Flag, 2080 x 3180 mm.

Sold for US$ 13,750 inc. premium

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12 Jun 2018, 13:00 EDT

New York

THE JAPANESE SURRENDER SIGNING: IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY FLAG FROM THE JAPANESE BATTLESHIP THE NAGATO.
A large Imperial Japanese Navy Flag, 2080 x 3180 mm. A naval "Rising Sun" flag, red and white linen with rays radiating from the center. A few tears, and some light rust spotting, and staining.
Provenance: Commander Stuart Shadrick Murray (the flag with a typed note on a fragment of a period accounting form in Japanese and English reading "japanese flag given to cdr s.s.murray usn on september 2nd 1945 in tokyo bay japan when the japanese surrendered to the us forces. the flag was from the ship nagato of the imperial japanese navy."

A fine large Japanese Navy capital flag recovered from the Battleship Nagato from Yokosuka Harbor in Tokyo Bay, and acquired by a Commander Stuart Murray at the time of the Japanese Surrender, September 2, 1945. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Murray was Commander of submarine Division 15 at Manila, and was involved in the defense of the Philippines and Netherlands East Indies. His next posting in 1943 was Chief of Staff and aide to Commander Submarine Force South-West Pacific, and in 1944-45 Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. In spring 1945 he took command of the Battleship USS Missouri, the flagship of Admiral William Halsey, and was present at the signing ceremony on board the Missouri on the 2nd September, 1945.
The Nagato, a super dreadnought battleship was the last warship of the Japanese Navy to survive the war. It was launched in November 1919, and was the lead ship of the Nagato Class, and the flagship of the fleet for a while during the War. The vessel was damaged during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944, and was then converted into a floating anti-aircraft platform and put on coastal defense. In July 1945, she was attacked and disabled by American carrier aircraft in Yokosuka Harbor, where she was abandoned. Later on she was used for artillery practice by American vessels. The Nagato ended its days in mid 1946, as one of 95 target vessels used on Operation Crossroads at Bikini Atoll, destroyed by two Atomic bombs. This flag seems to have been recovered from the vessel before it was used as target practice. A number of Japanese naval flags were handed over to American naval personnel, as a physical token, an honorable surrender gift, of the Surrender of the Japanese Navy, just as swords were often given over at the surrenders of armies, as tokens of that surrender.
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