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I have WWII flag that belonged to my Grandfather. He commanded aircraft carriers under General Douglas MacArthur. The flag that I have my mother said was on a ship or base. On the end it says: US ENSIGN NO 7
MARE ISLAND DEO 1942
The flag is in fairly good shape(see picture)except the ends are tattered. Any idea how much it might be worth or who might want it?

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I have no idea what it might be worth but I expect not an awful lot. Mare Island was a major naval base/shipyard in the Oakland, CA, area during the war, and lots of ships and flags came out of there. You can try selling it on eBay or keeping it as a memory of your grandfather. The flag looks like it's in pretty good shape so properly folding and framing it should result in a nice artifact.

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Albert Kirsch

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I am more-or-less expert in vexillology (the study of flags). My expertise is particularly strong in North America at the level of city and county, but if I don`t know the answer I know a dozen people who do. So if there`s a flag in the newspaper or on TV that you have trouble identifying, let me know. I`ll do my best. But PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME TO APPRAISE A FLAG'S VALUE: (1) I have no expertise in that area and (2) even if I did, I cannot appraise something I can't see. Take it to a museum which has a specialist in textiles and the like.

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In this field, I designed the flag of Carroll County, Illinois, in 1974 (see http://www.internetni.com/~lanarklib/index.html). You can see my personal flag at http://www.nava.org/memflags.htm

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