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« on: May 12, 2010, 07:31 AM »

 After my dad passed away in October i was tasked to run the estate.In his house there was tons of old pictures and just general stuff to go thru.I had a estate sale to get rid of a lot of stuff but family items i just put in plastic totes to really go thru later.Recently i had some time to go thru a couple an i came across a cardboard box flat appx 20 in x 20in about 2 in thick.All it said on the box was Maurys flag.Maury was my uncle who passed away many years ago at 96.Inside the box was one of his ships flags from when he was a electrican in the Navy on Dec 7th 1941 Pearl Harbor.He was stationed on the repair ship Vestal.The Vestal was berthed rite next to the Arizona,and we all know what happened.My uncle was blown overboard during the blast.This flag was going to be hoisted that morning and my uncle found the box on deck during the attack and placed it in a locker for safekeeping.Since the ship was involved in repairs the crew was very busy after the attacks and the flag was forgotten for many months.My uncle found it kept it and brought it home.It apparently had been taken from Maurys house when he passed and somehow ended up at my parents house.I looked at it yesterday and the flag is huge appx 10x14 or so.I have never seen a flag this size.,It is a little faded from time but generally its in pristine  condition.This flag needs to be in a museum.I think i;ll take it to the Navy base in Everett to see if they would like it..
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2010, 07:34 AM »

That is just awesome.........thanks for sharing.....let us know where the flag ends up, will you?

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2010, 08:22 AM »

That's really neat, John! What a cool piece of history.
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2010, 12:22 PM »

Nice, document that story as best as you can. It's fantastic that you want to pass it along to a venue where others can share in it before the history is lost to time. It would make a great backdrop to a Pearl Harbor display. Let us know where it ends up, I enjoy museums, be cool to see it someday knowing a bit of the personal history.

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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2010, 05:36 PM »

You might also search and find out is their is a survivors group for his ship and donate it back to those that served under it for their museum.

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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2010, 12:12 PM »

I found this link.  http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/v2/vestal.htm
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