It was common among Japanese soldiers to carry Hinomaru national flags signed by friends and family into battle during World War II. It also was common for Allied troops to take the flags as keepsakes, tangible mementos of war and triumph. With the help of the Obon Society, the Gold Bar VFW recently returned a flag to the family of Japanese soldier Masamoto Abe, who died in New Guinea in 1944. (Photo courtesy of the Obon Society)

It was common among Japanese soldiers to carry Hinomaru national flags signed by friends and family into battle during World War II. It also was common for Allied troops to take the flags as keepsakes, tangible mementos of war and triumph. With the help of the Obon Society, the Gold Bar VFW recently returned a flag to the family of Japanese soldier Masamoto Abe, who died in New Guinea in 1944. (Photo courtesy of the Obon Society)

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