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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.
Marine returns Japanese WWII flag to original family
170815-M-RH401-072.JPG Photo By: Sgt. Neysa Huertas Quinones

Aug 16, 2017
Higashishirakawa Village - Tatsuya Yasue gives an appreciation speech to World War II veteran Marvin Strombo at Higashishirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, Aug. 15, 2017. Yasue and Strombo are reuniting for a flag return ceremony to give back the Yasue family an heirloom that belonged to their late brother Sadao Yasue. Tatsuya, along with other members of the family have waited more than 70 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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