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. Those items are listed separately on the website. 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).
The off-to-war banner listed here was a “Bring-Back” from the estates of an enlisted man in the U.S. Army Air Corps and his brother. a Marine Corps officer who served aboard the aircraft carrier Bon Homme Richard. In addition to this off-to-war banner, the elder brother brought back the good luck signed parade flag listed as “glf-0055″. In addition, he gifted a number of other items to his brother and those have been listed separately. This classic white cotton Off-To-War Banner or Shussei Nobori measures an impressive 26.75″ wide X 134.00″ long (2’23” X 11’20”). The colorful artwork across the top sports a beautiful Japanese ray battle flag crossed along with a Japanese national flag. The Japanese imperial star is centered above both flags.
The banner has been presented to Fukuda Shonosuke by his friend Tatsumi Tomekichi.
This is the classic Japanese celebration banner that honored men going off-to-war.
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