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WWII Commemorative

[WWII Commemorative flag] image by Rick Wyatt, 19 March 2002

The device on this flag is the lapel pin presented at the end of World War II to all who served in the armed forces during the war. It was known jokingly as the "ruptured duck" by its recipients. IIRC, the original badge had a stars and stripes design on the circlet.
Joe McMillan, 19 March 2002

Korean War Veteran

[Korean War Veterans flag] image by Rick Wyatt, 10 December 2001

This flag is to be flown by those members of the United States Armed Force who served during the Korean War (1950-53). It is based on the Korean War campaign or service medal, which is United Nations blue with a white stripe; the color scheme was chosen because the United States, Commonwealth and other forces were engaged in a 'police action' authorized by a resolution of the United Nations Security Council. The ribbon for the service medal is also United Nations blue with a narrow white stripe. Military, naval, and air personnel of all nations participating in this conflict were also authorized to wear the United Nations service ribbon and medal, which consists of a series of vertical stripes in United Nations blue and white.
Ron Lahav, 26 November 2008

The Korean veterans flag, posted below, has eight stars, equal to the number of streamers (less UN operations) in that war.
Nathan Lamm, 10 December 2001

Korean War 50th Anniversary Commemorative

[Korean War 50th Anniversary Commemorative flag] image by Zach Harden, 2 June 2001

This is from the official KW50 site, hosted by the DoD:

"The 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Flag is symbolic of the unified effort of the United States, the Republic of Korea and our allies to stop Communist aggression on the Korean Peninsula 50 years ago. The light blue and white streamer that runs through the center of the flag is the U.N. Battle Streamer. The 22 stars represent the 22 allied nations that fought side-by-side to save South Korea. The words "Freedom is not Free" were added by our Veterans who, more than anyone else, know the great price of liberty. The flag is in both the English and Korean (Hangul) languages. In the center is the "Tae Guk" symbol from the South Korean flag, familiar to many as the symbol for the philosophy of Yin and Yang. In Korea, known as Eum and Yang, the symbol stands for peace and harmony. South Korea has adopted this as their official Commemoration Flag. The Institute of Heraldry assisted the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee with the design of the flag.

It is the goal of the Committee to see this flag flying in Commemoration Communities across the Nation to honor and thank the veterans of the Korean War, their families and most of all, those who lost loved ones."
submitted by: Zach Harden, 2 June 2001

Vietnam Veterans of America

[Vietnam Veterans of America flag] image by Rick Wyatt, 10 December 2001

Vietnam Veterans flag is yellow (based on the flag of South Vietnam), with the symbol of the Vietnam Veterans of America, enclosed in a wreath, at the fly, complete with a R-in-a-circle registered trademark beside it. The symbol can be seen at (subtract the R symbol, I guess, as it's alongside here). The central design is the Vietnam service medal ribbon, based on the South Vietnam flag. Most curiously, the flag had seventeen black stars alongside the hoist, arranged in vertical columns of  6-5-6 (as far as I could make out).
Nathan Lamm, 10 December 2001

Seventeen stars because the US military divides its involvement in Vietnam into 17 campaigns, which are reflected in the seventeen Vietnam campaign streamers on the Army and Air Force flags and the three silver and two bronze stars on the single Vietnam campaign streamers carried by the Navy and Marine Corps. I'd say there's a pretty good chance that the 17 stars on this flag represent the same thing.
Joe McMillan, 10 December 2001

Vietnam Veterans Black flag

[Vietnam Veterans flag] image provided by Dan Johnson, 2 August 2005

The badges are the shoulder patches of the following US Army Divisions (starting from the "Big Red One" on the top and going clockwise):

1. 1st Infantry Div.
2. 9th Infantry Div.
3. 5th Infantry Div.
4. 25th Infantry Div.
5. 101st Airborne Div.
6. 82nd Airborne Div.
7. 173rd Airborne Brigade
8. Special Forces Airborne
9. 23rd Infantry
10. 4th Infantry
11. 18th Engineers
12. 1st Cavalry

Nathan Lamm, 3 August 2005

Vietnam Veterans Eagle Feather flag

[Vietnam Veterans flag] image provided by Chuck Cline, 1 May 2010

I served in the Army from 1963 to 1985 and am the designer of the flag. My friends and I realized that when Vietnam Veterans returned home they did not receive their "honor," but instead were met by demonstration and derision. In the tradition of the Native Americans a returning warrior could be presented with an Eagle feather to honor their service. It occurred to us that this was lacking for the Vietnam era. Thus the Eagle feather superimposed on the Vietnam service ribbon was created. The feather design was drawn by my daughter and I did the graphic work. We first printed the flag nearly 20 years ago and have watched it proudly fly at many Pow-Wow's and Veterans gatherings. The meaning of the flag is never lost to me and hopefully not to others who may view it.

There were two versions of our flag as we changed silk screens after the first run. The feather is from my daughters design without a doubt.
Chuck Cline, 1 May 2010

War Dog

[War Dogs flag] image by Esteban Rivera, 2 July 2014

In this National Geographic video at 0:16, there's a a black horizontal flag displaying a dog (most likely a German Shepherd) and a helicopter and an aircraft in the background, with the title "AMERICA's FORGOTTEN WAR HEROES" in capital yellow letters, and below "WAR DOGS" in capital yellow letters. It seems it is a commemorative flag honoring the War dogs sent during the Vietnam War by the United States.
Esteban Rivera, 2 July 2014