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Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

MCAS Iwakuni is a mission-ready air station, capable of providing continuous base-operating support for tenant organizations and follow-on U.S. and allied forces during training, combat or contingency (HA/DR) operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region.
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Marine returns Japanese WWII flag to original family
170815-M-RH401-142.JPG Photo By: Sgt. Neysa Huertas Quinones

Aug 16, 2017
Higashishirakawa Village - Brenda Strombo sheds a tear during a flag returning ceremony at Higashishirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, Aug. 15, 2017. Brenda is the daughter of World War II veteran Marvin Strombo, a Marine personally delivering a flag that belonged to Japanese soldier Sadao Yasue. Sadao’s family and village members have waited 73 years for the return of the brother they lost during the war. The ceremony provided both families with closure as they finally have a part of Sadao to bring home. The reunion was made possible by the Obon Society of Astoria, Oregon. The ceremony also took place during the Obon holiday in Japan, a holiday dedicated to going back to the place of origin of one’s family and spending time with one another. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. N.W. Huertas)


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