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>> It was almost 73 years ago, that US veteran Marvin Strombo found this flag lying next to a dead soldier in the outskirts of a Japanese village. But it wasn't until now, decades later when he returned it to Sadao Yasue's family, that he understood what it really stood for.
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>> I was on the Japanese line all by myself, I thought, but then I got to walking around and I saw the Japanese soldier laying there. I had a hard time taking that flag cuz that means a lot to them.>> Yasue was following a common Japanese World War II tradition, carrying his national flag covered with messages of family and friends wishing for his safe return.
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As I reached out to the flag I made a promise to him that some day I would try to return it.>> Strombo says he wanted to return the flag soon after the war, but couldn't figure out how. Five years ago he got in touch with a nonprofit that managed to track down Yasue's family, ending the decades long search.
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A ceremony was held in Yasue's home town, with Strombo returning a missing piece of family history, for Yasue's brother and two sisters.>> It was a very emotional moment, really. I saw her holding that flag and it broke my heart, and that's the reason I was glad I returned it to