Japanese National Flag-0003 Lot of Items Includes U.S. Veteran's Service Documents, Japanese National Flag, and Japanese Patriotic Fan! "SOLD"

A number of months ago, I obtained a nice document collection and a number of Pacific War bring back items from the estates of 2 brothers who grew up outside of Pittsburgh, Pa.  The first brother was Carl E. Dennis who was born on October 15, 1925 in South Connellsville, Pa.  Prior to the War, Carl Dennis worked for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as a turntable operator as well as a switch tender.  Mr. Dennis enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on October 14, 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA and was discharged at Fort Dix, NJ on April 8, 1946 as a PFC, having earned the American Campaign Medal and the World War Two Victory Medal. Although he served as a clerk, Carl Dennis also spent 5 months at bases in Texas and in Florida as an Army Air Corps cadet, logging 113 hours of flight time. He passed away at his home in Fayette County, PA on December 3, 2001 (see photo of grave marker).

Dennis’ older brother was Franklin (Frank) McVay Dennis, born on March 25, 1923 in South Connellsville, PA.  Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the elder Dennis joined the “V-12 Marine Corps” and began his training at Parris Island, S.C. and later Camp Lejeune, NC.  Final training was at Quantico, VA where he graduated and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt.  During the War, he served as one of the 500 replacement officers aboard the aircraft carrier Bon Homme Richard, serving in the South Pacific where he saw action against the enemy.  The Bon Homme Richard was launched on April 29, 1944 and eventually joined TF 38 off Okinawa on June 6, 1945 with Carrier Air Group 91 (CVG-91). From June 7-10, she joined in the attacks on Okidaitojima and then served with the 3rd. Fleet during the air strikes against Japan from July 2 until August 15.  The Bon Homme Richard ended the War with one battle star. Franklin Dennis returned home following the War and worked as a teacher for many years, until his death on October 28, 2005 in Erie, PA (see photo of grave marker).

Carl Dennis’ enlistment and discharge paperwork are included in this grouping.  Along with it is a large, 2-piece Japanese National Flag, made from silk and measuring 28.00″ High X 39.50″ Long.  The flag never had corner tabs but has a small metal grommet in 2 of the corners as well as hemp tie strings present; there is some moth damage, primarily to flag’s center, following years of storage (see photos).  In addition to the flag and paperwork, there is a colorful Japanese hinomaru painted fan with kanji, in excellent condition.  Japanese soldiers were given these at times as gifts prior to their departure for hot, humid overseas climes.  These “Bring Back” items were gifted to Carl Dennis by his brother Frank and were sent home prior to the elder Dennis’ return from Japan.

Carl E. Dennis’ flight training manuals as well as another Japanese National Flag and small Japanese National Parade Flag, gifts from his older brother, have been listed in a second grouping.  The remaining “Bring Backs” from Frank Dennis, including his rare signed and stamped hinomaru yosegaki parade flag, Japanese National Flag in colorful wrapper, and Off-To-War Banner have either already been listed or will be newly listed.

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