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Last modified: 2014-07-17 by rick wyatt
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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 Natiuons 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

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

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 shepperd) 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