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History and Heritage

Celebrating Independence

Featuring the Past

All Hands Magazine takes a look back at some of the Navy's Independence Day stories that have been shared throughout the years.


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One family's journey to find a flag missing for more than 60 years.
Dennis Landrum was one of the many prisoners of war (POW) held at the Aomori prison camp in Japan during World War II. The POWs wanted a flag to greet their rescuers when they were liberated at the end of the war. Using a bed sheet and colored pencils, Dennis and the other prisoners painstakingly created what would represent the symbol of their freedom.
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What Does the Flag Mean to You?
"When I see this flag, it reminds me of how fortunate I am to be American. I could have been born in Rwanda, so could have you. We all could have been. But I had the good fortune to be born an American. It's the most important thing in my life."
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Take a look back at some of the July issues of All Hands magazine from the archives!