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WWII Vet Donates Japanese Relics

Posted: Nov. 13th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
WWII Vet donates
Savannah Morning News

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans will receive a donation of three historical relics from Jim Chavers' time fighting on Iwo Jima: a Japanese Army uniform and two flags. Savannah resident Chavers believes the museum will best place to see that they are taken care of, and staff from the museum is proud to feature the “historically priceless” donations.

For the vast majority of his 89 years, Jim Chavers has collected souvenirs from his journeys around the United States and abroad.

Mementos throughout his eastern Savannah home mark long road trips during his time with the U.S. Customs Service and vacations with his late wife, June.

But three relics from his days as a U.S. Marine especially stand out in the lifelong Savannahian’s mind: A Japanese Army uniform and two flags he found while fighting on the island of Iwo Jima. Soon the items will be put on display at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.


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