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Battle of Tarawa bring back “Good Luck” Flag
Old 07-20-2019, 04:02 PM   #1
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Default Battle of Tarawa bring back “Good Luck” Flag

It was brought home by my great uncle, who was according to my family a merchant marine, though I’m not 100% sure they’re getting it right. The story with it is simple, though true. They were ambushed, and after the fight, the flag with a nambu was taken from a not so luckily Japanese soldier. My uncle once asked, what happened to the guy, regarding how he was killed, and was told, “I don’t know, I never looked at his face, you never looked at their faces.”

Now that you have some context, can someone enlighten me further as to what it is, though I think I’m spot on. It has a faded gold gilt to the grommeted areas where the strings are tied in. We’ll worn with what looks like sever small blood stains. Would something like this be considered rare with the location written on it? I’ve never found, therefore have never collected, any Japanese items, and all information is appreciated.

Thank you everyone.
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Some more shots
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Old 07-20-2019, 04:21 PM   #3
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:36 PM   #4
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I always like the worn, battle field like flag.
Mostly are signatures only.
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:39 PM   #5
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Wow! I had no idea that the island was THIS small.
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:51 PM   #6
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:53 PM   #7
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:55 PM   #8
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Interesting read
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:14 PM   #9
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It is a Atoll composited of several small islands, but the Japanese forces concentrated mainly on the bigger one with an air stripe. They built anti-tank ditches, pilled boxes with machine fun,bunkers..etc
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:53 PM   #10
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Awesome flag
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Old 07-22-2019, 01:32 PM   #11
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Love it. As I recall, the battle of Tarawa was the first that the American public was allowed to see on film showing the large number of American casualties. God bless those brave Americans.
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Old 07-22-2019, 04:34 PM   #12
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Interesting in that the main slogan begins at the top left corner and goes counter clockwise to each corner:


祈武運長久
Ki Bu'un Chōkyū
Prayers for Continued Luck in the Fortunes of War


I also see another aphorism:

尚武
Shōbu
Military Spirit

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Old 07-22-2019, 04:54 PM   #13
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More slogans, beginning at 6:00 o'clock:

必勝
Hisshō
Certain Victory


6:30
武運長久
Bu'un Chōkyū

7:00
忠勇
Chūyū
loyalty and bravery


10:00
念頭武運長久
Nentō Bu'un Chōkyū
My Dearist Wish for Continued Luck in the Fortunes of War
I can't clearly see the second kanji; the first two kanji could be Nengan 念願 "mind/heed."


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Old 07-22-2019, 08:40 PM   #14
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Love the flag! Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of history.

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Old 07-30-2019, 04:08 PM   #15
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Hello -
A very cool flag with provenance! A lot of these slogans are fairly standard as the good luck flags go (often from villages or groups), I still find they are super neat. I've discovered not highly collectible (from a $$$$ perspective ) and I can understand why, as I have a few.

Best reference and Point of contact to learn more:

https://fortunesofwarmilitaria.com/collector-book/

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