The Zaricor Flag Collection (ZFC), as the noted flag historian, the late Howard Madaus stated, Is the largest most important representation of U.S. and American flags in the world. Containing many important foreign flags, the ZFC is more than a large accumulation; rather it is a dynamic working collection, used for research, exhibition and educational purposes. Read more >>
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The United States became belligerent in WWII after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the "Day of Infamy", December 7, 1941, when a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base destroyed the battleships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The destruction of the battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) by an aerial bomb has become the singular symbol of America's entry into Second World War.
U.S. flags recovered from that ship are extremely rare, and represent the "alpha" of WWII U.S. collectibles. (NB: Please see Grouping #39 for the "omega" of U.S. collectibles, artifact relating to Hiroshima.) The WWII U.S. Naval Grouping commences with such, a 48 star flag marked U.S.S. Arizona that was later used to accompany the effects of Rear-Admiral Isaac Kidd on its return to Annapolis for his memorial service at his cenotaph. According to the US Naval Academy the ship is one of if not the most important naval battle vessels in the history of the US Navy. To have a flag from that vessel is of great importance to history and this collection is honored to be the repository of such a relic of historical importance.
Recovered from the USS Arizona along with the U.S. 48 Star Flag is a signal code flag, labeled with the pre-war identification "USS ARIZONA". After study by the Zaricor Flag Collection (ZFC) Research Group two possibile explanations resulted for this Code Baker signal flag and its companion US Ensign (ZFC3841) which were either in or on the USS Arizona during the surprise Japanese attack 7th of December, 1941 at Pearl Harbor Oahu, Hawaii, U,S, Territory Naval and Army Air Corp bases.
Also, included in the Naval Grouping are two flags from the USS Enterprise (CV-6) the most famous ship in the United States Navy during WWII. The USS Enterprise fought in every major sea and air battles in the Pacific Theater except one and that was due to it put up for repairs towards the end of the war. The USS Enterprise had 20 Battle Stars during the war more than any ship in any navies during the war, allied and enemy alike, including all theatres of war. It is the only original carrier from the beginning of the war including the Japanese fleet battleships and carriers to survive the war.
Also included in this section is a rare flag from a US submarine, an ensign from the USS Jallao (SS3-68) along with it's insignia plate from the boat (submarines are called boats not ships). It was part of a strategic combination of aircraft carriers and submarines that led to victory in the Pacific.
Also presented in this grouping are flags and artifacts relating to the U.S.M.C, the U.S. Navy's Construction Battalions or Sea-Bees as well as other flags and ephemera that articulate the story of the U.S. Navy in WWII in the Pacific Theatre.
Most notably included is the famed Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal's personal photo album of Iwo Jima photographs, including his iconic Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. There are 52 photos that show in graphic detail the harsh conditions and savage fighting during the 35 days it took the US Marines, Navy and Army to neutralize the enemy on its home territory in Feb. 1945.
An interesting footnote to the intensity of the fighting is that while the photo album was couriered to its new home in California from New York the TSA alarm system was triggered at the airport while the photo album went through screening. It was determined the photo album was embedded with cordite dust and particles left over from the battle on Iwo Jima 63 years before. This gives one an impression how intensely the battlefield was covered with TNT/black powder during the battle.