October 03, 2020 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


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World War II U.S. Flag, Battle of Okinawa

48 sewn stars, on wool bunting, hoist stenciled "No. 11", flown at Hagushi Bay, Okinawa, approximately 32 x 52 in. at present, with photographs and information on the crew of U.S.S. LCT 792 and family correspondence 

Personal affidavit from consignor reads:

My Father, F. Eliot DeHaro, was in the Navy in World War II and was on duty in Okinawa and le Shima. He was on LCT 792.

Late in his life, after my mother died, we became close and shared many deep conversations. Near the end of his life, he asked me to take something out of a chest in his bedroom. He explained to me that it was a flag that he sent home from Okinawa. He started to write a note to keep with the flag, and, because he was quite ill, asked me to finish the note. The note says "Easter Sunday 6 AM Invasion" in his hand and "at Red Beach Okinawa April 1, 1945" in my hand. The entire note was dictated by him. 

He told me that he had retrieved the flag off of Red Beach as it was being destroyed due to the Air battles it had been through. He gave me the flag that day.

Much later I found mention of the flag in a letter to my mother dated August 2, 1945 and postmarked August 6, 1945. In the letter he said "I sent a box of some things....You will find in the box a flag. It flew over several air battles here. It is awful dirty."

I was 55 years old at the time of receiving the gift of the flag. I had never known that it existed. He had kept it in his bedroom and kept it private for all those years.

Since that day in 2001 this flag has been in my possession and stored away and protected with great pride.

Sharon DeHaro Gunn (signed and notarized) June 2, 2020

The Battle of Okinawa was the largest amphibious assault of World War II in the Pacific Theater. It lasted from April 1st until June 22nd, 1945 and was an essential part of the Allies' plan for winning the war in the Far East. Okinawa proved to be one of the bloodiest battles of the entire war. 

Provenance:Private Collection, Charleston, South Carolina

Condition:

wear from age, elements, and the hazards of military use, with severe tears and considerable staining throughout, rust to metal grommets 

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$8,320
10/03/2020

Internet Bidding
 

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