China-Burma-India Pilot’s Souvenir Scarf with Embroidered Dragon

This heavy silk Souvenir of Service scarf was acquired along with a number of other “bring back” items that probably belonged to a member of the 6th Marine Division stationed in Tsingtao, China at the end of World War Two. The fancy embroidered dragon and fireball measure over 10.00″ L and are well done. Below the dragon, dark red stitching says, “Tsingtao China 1946. U.S. Marines in China were sent to Tsingtao in order to assist with the surrender of Japanese troops under Chiang Kai-shek’s control. Some pilots wore these flashy, locally made scarves as service reminders.  Others were brought back as souvenirs for loved ones.


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