The History Buff,
Inc. - Phone: (952) 937-0325
17509 Bearpath Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347 or Palm Beach, FL,
The Last American
Flag off Wake Island in 1941
SUMMARY: We are offering two important
historic relics-namely the Last Flag to be removed from Wake
Island on Dec. 8,1941 and a very rare U.S. Marine Shoulder Patch
shoulder patch. Price:$17,500.00
LAST FLAG FROM WAKE ISLAND
"Some people spend
an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the
world. But, the Marines don't have that problem. -----Ronald
Reagan, President of the United States, 1985.
Alamo of The Pacific War"
The Battle for Wake Island
was one of the first
battles at the beginning of World War II and the Pacific War.
Our Marines, outnumbered and outgunned by both naval and air
power, fought magnificently in defense of this remote speck of
coral and sand in the Pacific. In fact, despite daunting odds,
our Marines were able to repulse the first amphibious landing
attempt by the Japanese and this was the one and only amphibious
landing that failed by either military in the entire War in the
Pacific.The battle for Wake Island lasted from December 8 to
December 23, 1941.It was not until the Marine garrison had been
subjected to 16 straight air raids and a massive invasion that
the island finally fell. The final message from Wake was
"Enemy on Island--Issue In Doubt."
The Pan Am Clipper
Martin 130-3 like this flew to and from Wake Island
Before the war started the only
inhabitants of Wake were personnel of Pan American
Airways who constructed a small village, nicknamed "PAAville", to service
flights on its U.S.-China route. The Pan Am village remained in operation up to the day of the first
Japanese air raid or December 8, 1941. The flag we are offering
was brought out by the Pan Ameres during the first Japanese attack
on December 8. It was the only item removed from the island and
it was given to a Pan Am official who kept it until it was once
sold before being acquired in a second sale by the present owner.The
flag has an impeccable provenance.
As war clouds were beginning
to rise the U.S. Navy began to organize and deploy defense battalions
to the Pacific. According to The U.S. Marine History center with which we communicated
on August 19, the first permanent military garrison, elements
of the 1st Marine Defense Battalion, totaling 449 officers and
men, were stationed on the island. They were commanded by Navy
Commander Infield Scott Cunningham. Also on the island were 68
U.S. Naval personnel and about 1,221 civilian workers.When the
island fell to the Japanese many of the workers were retained
on the island to work on constructing Japanese military installations
but many of them were eventually massacred and the Japanese responsible
were tried and convicted of war crimes for that act. An original
patch of the 1st Marine Defense battalion is shown and is part
of this collection.
This offering then consists of
the flag brought off Wake Island, December 8, 1941
by the Pan Am clipper which fled the island during
the first attack. The condition of the 48 star American flag
is as shown, The 'fly' of the flag is somewhat tattered as shown
probably frayed by the wind rather than as a consequence of the
battle. Also being offered is a souvenier leather patch
that was created after the batle as a memorial to the 1st U.S.
Marine Defense Battalion on Wake Island.
All items sold by the History
Buff, Inc. come with documentation and a certified
opinion as to authenticity.