U.S. World War Two veteran Marvin Strombo (C) meets with Tatsuya Yasue (L), brother of Sadao Yasue, to hand over a Japanese flag Strombo found in a battlefield in 1944, in Higashi-Shirakawa Village, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 15, 2017. Man
TOKYO - 17 August 2017: When U.S. Marine Marvin Strombo found a Japanese flag on the body of an enemy soldier during World War Two, he took and promised to one day return it to the family of his fallen foe.
That vow was fulfilled on Tuesday, exactly 72 years after Japan's surrender, when Strombo, 93, handed the flag to the brother and sisters of Sadao Yasue.
Yasue, the eldest of six children from a farming town in central Japan, followed a common practice of carrying into battle a Japanese flag covered with messages and the signatures of family and friends.
Strombo said he found the flag on Yasue's body after a 1944 battle on the island of Saipan, the site of fierce fighting in the Pacific war.
"I finally realized that if I didn't take it, somebody else would have and it would be lost forever," Strombo said in an interview provided by U.S. forces.
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