After decades, a WWII flag finally ma...

After decades, a WWII flag finally makes it home from Covina

There are 8 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Oct 23, 2009, titled After decades, a WWII flag finally makes it home from Covina. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

For 64 years, Norton Anenberg guarded a present. He kept it in the attic. Or tucked in his desk.

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Denver, CO

#1 Oct 24, 2009
An amateur radio friend of mine was a WW2 radio intercept operator in San Francisco. He was fluent in the “Kata” Morse code*. He is the chief American consultant for a Japanese radio company and, in trips to Japan over the years, has heard many “hams” in Japan using this code. Despite repeated efforts over the years to meet the guys he listened to in the war, they have - to the man - refused.

On an internet website I frequent, I was told of a member's father ... was attacked by an old Japanese man when he saw his father’s Marine Corps ring. So many of them have gone to their graves with their anger intact. Sad.

*In the International (Morse) code, we would send the word “Toyota” in 6 letters. In the Japanese phonetic Kata code, it is sent in three:“To - Yo - Ta”.
Kid of WWII Vet

Covina, CA

#2 Oct 24, 2009
Great story. My dad brought back WWII "souvenirs" as well but from the war in Europe and North Africa. One being a Nazi staff car flag in plasic casing. An eagle is predominately placed center stage on the flag instead of the swastika.
Many, many other items as well. A few of his souvenirs did not make it back home though. He was one of the many soldiers who passed through the Berghof. It was Hitler's residence in the Obersalzberg of the Bavarian Alps near Berchtesgaden, Germany. He took many photos there (out of hundreds he took during his four years in the war), one of him sitting on the balcony of the Berghof holding one of Hitler's beer steins. He shipped the stein back home but it was stolen by someone in transit. We still have all his photos though as well as his war journal and all the souvenirs he brought back.
Sashi Kishida

Yorba Linda, CA

#3 Oct 24, 2009
Thanks for sharing such an amazing and refreshing story. Mr. Anenberg is a man of stature and I respect his actions so very much.
Neil Anenberg

Huntington Beach, CA

#4 Nov 12, 2009
I'm very proud of my Uncle Nortie to act on his thoughts. I'm sure, he has been thinking about the flag's owner since he was old enough to understand its significance. Way to go, Uncle Nortie....Neil
Gary Anenberg

Chino Hills, CA

#5 Jan 23, 2010
Great job! That took a lot of perseverance.
norton anenberg

Newark, NY

#6 Nov 26, 2012
Norton, your story about the flag is a disgrace to our country. You should be ashamed of yourself for not finding the true owner of this flag ASAP. Sounds to me like an act of terrorism on American soil.
Just shameful on you!!!!
Joe Battaglia Glendora

Newark, NY

#7 Nov 26, 2012
Sounds like Norton Anenberg is trying to make a name for himself. He's nothing but a loser like the rest of his family. Way to go LOSER!!!
rosemary gabledom

Newark, NY

#8 Nov 26, 2012
Just dumb like me!

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