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    Imperial Japanese Navy Capital Battleship Nagato [Admiral Yamamoto's Flagship] Captured Flag.
    This Japanese Capital Flag was taken from the IJN Nagato by U.S.S. Horace A. Bass [APD-124] crew member Radio Operator 1st class Don Haney. RO1 Haney was a member of the prize boarding crew at Yokosuka Naval Base in Tokyo Bay. The U.S.S. Horace A. Bass furnished the Prize Crew to board and capture the battleship Nagato. There are only a few actual Capital Flags known to exist from World War II. This is a special flag denoting a Japanese Capital Military Asset. Its design is unique in that the rising sun is not offset to the mast as far as a regular Japanese naval ensign, nor centered as similarly-sized base flags were.

    Imperial Japanese Navy Super Dreadnaught Class Battleship Nagato was a capital battleship of the Japanese Navy built in 1920. The battleship participated in the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937 and subsequently served as the flagship for Isoroku Yamamoto during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. After the Battle of Midway in 1942, which the Nagato did not experience direct action, the battleship did not see combat until mid to late 1944 during the Battle of the Philippine Sea and Battle of Leyte Gulf respectively. After this action and with the Japanese Navy running out of fuel for such a large vessel the battleship was returned to Tokyo to serve as a coastal battery and air defense support platform. Although the allies tried to sink it at the Yokosuka Naval Complex at Tokyo Bay they were unsuccessful which rendered Nagato the only surviving battleship or capital ship of the Imperial Japanese Navy. After being captured in Tokyo Bay and sitting witness to the Surrender of Japan aboard the USS Missouri September 2, 1945 the Nagato was eventually taken to Bikini Atoll and utilized in the US Joint Military Operation Crossroads in July 1946. Experiencing an airburst and underwater nuclear detonation Nagato sunk to the bottom of the Bikini Atoll lagoon and remains there today a permanent member of the Nuclear Fleet sunk during Operation Crossroads and sentinel reminder of the beginning to end of World War Two in the Pacific.

    This extremely rare and important flag was given in the 1960s by Haney to a friend, a cattle rancher named Guy Grider. Grider wrote his name in small letters on the flag in several places, but it is otherwise in excellent condition. A truly historic World War II artifact!
    Size: L. 100"x 152.5"
    Note: A letter from Guy Grider is included with the lot as further provenance.




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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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