As a Radar Observer, Brown flew 14 combat missions over the Philippines in a specially equipped B-24 bomber, looking for enemy radar stations. Brown commanded the radar countermeasures for six bomb groups under the Fifth Bomber Command. 1st Lt. Brown was honorably discharged on February 27, 1946. He passed away in 1991 and is interred in Ann Arbor, Michigan. How this flag originally came to be owned by Lt. Brown we may never know. But this flag represents two men from two different worlds, who sacrificed for the preservation of those worlds. This is especially poignant in light of evidence that the flag is battle damaged. When folded small enough to fit into a pocket, the 24 small holes all line up, as if they were made at the same moment from a bullet or other projectile.
Museum Textile Services has had the honor of conserving four of these historic artifacts, one from a museum and three from private citizens. Two of the flags were made of silk, one of cotton, and one of rayon. These flags represent the men who carried them in the larger historical landscape of World War Two and were conserved to preserve the legacies of the two men fighting from different sides of the world, for their countries.
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