Navy vet’s family returns Japanese flag taken as trophy during WWII

by Hana Kusumot and Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

TOKYO — A lost Japanese World War II flag is finally home after a search sparked by the family of the Navy pilot who brought it back from the Philippines in 1945.

The red and white flag was returned March 17 to relatives of Japanese sailor Hisao Matsue, who died at age 36 on the Philippine island of Luzon in 1945.

It was discovered in 2013 among possessions left by former Navy Cmdr. Clarence Miller, of Moline, Ill., who died in 1984 at age 77.

His family decided to look for its original owner after reading a story about the return of another WWII-era Japanese flag, Miller’s granddaughter Amy said in an email March 29.

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