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Man vows to return Japanese war flag to family for Independence Day

The Japanese war flag. (Source: WMBF News) The Japanese war flag. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - While many celebrate our nation's Independence Day, one man says it's the history that he really enjoys. He says a Japanese war flag he owns has been passed down in his family for generations.

Steve Armstrong says his father was a World War II veteran who came home from the war carrying a Japanese war flag, something Steve says fascinated him from a young age.

"Oh I can remember when I was a little kid, 8 or 9 years old. We were going through his stuff, his Army stuff, his war trophies. And it was always something that I was really curious about." said Armstrong.

The flag was handed down to Steve when his father passed away. Japanese soldiers would often carry war flags with them in battle, signed by members of their family.

While he cherishes the flag, Armstrong says he plans to give it to a foundation that will hopefully be able to find the flag's rightful owner.

"They will research his ancestors and try to return it to his family."

Armstrong says his father was a man of honor and a patriot, and that's why he feels this is the right thing to do.

"It would be precious. It would be your Dad, your uncle. It would be very moving."

Armstrong says if the roles were reversed, and a Japanese family were holding his father's flag, it would mean the world to him to have it returned. That's why he says he's happy to the same for someone else. 

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