Senior Master Sgt. Lowell Armstrong returns a World War II-era flag to family members of its original owner during a ceremony in Takasaki, Japan, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES)
Senior Master Sgt. Lowell Armstrong returns a World War II-era flag to family members of its original owner during a ceremony in Takasaki, Japan, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES)

S. Korea-based US airman returns Japanese flag taken as war trophy in Battle of Iwo Jima

by Theron Godbold and Hana Kusumoto
Stars and Stripes

TAKASAKI, Japan — A South Korea-based U.S. airman brought a World War II-era Japanese flag to a small city in Gunma prefecture Thursday to complete a family mission started after his grandfather died nearly two decades before.

Senior Master Sgt. Lowell Armstrong, 44, presented the signature-covered flag to the family of Masashi Ito, who was killed in the bloody Battle of Iwo Jima on March 17, 1945.

Such flags were often signed by servicemembers’ families, neighbors, schoolmates and co-workers wishing for good fortune in war. The warriors would then fold the flag and carry it into battle.

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