WWII veteran, 93, brings back flag taken from enemy soldier

In this Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 photo, WWII veteran Marvin Strombo, right, and Obon Society executives director Rex Zika lay out a Japanese flag with nam

In this Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 photo, Obon Society founders Rex and Keiko Ziak pose with a collection of WWII-era Japanese flags, gathered from dead Jap

In this Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 photo, names are visible on a Japanese flag owned by WWII veteran Marvin Strombo in Portland, Ore. Strombo recovered the

This Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 photo shows WWII veteran Marvin Strombo in Portland, Ore., Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. Strombo recovered the flag from a dead Japa

In this Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 photo, WWII veteran Marvin Strombo holds up a photo of himself taken during the battle on Saipan with him holding a captu

In this Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 photo, names are visible on a Japanese flag owned by WWII veteran Marvin Strombo in Portland, Ore. Strombo recovered the

This Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 photo provided by the Obon Society shows a Japanese flag, owned by WWII veteran Marvin Strombo with explanatory markings of

In this Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 photo, WWII veteran Marvin Strombo sits with a Japanese flag with names written on it in Portland, Ore. Strombo recovered

In this Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 photo, WWII veteran Marvin Strombo, right, and Obon Society executives director Rex Zika hold up a Japanese flag with nam

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. Marine who served in the Pacific during World War II is traveling to a remote Japanese village to return a flag he took from the body of a dead enemy soldier 73 years ago.

The Oregon-based Obon Society was able to identify the flag's owner as Yasue Sadao and find his village through signatures left on the flag by relatives and neighbors.

Marvin Strombo is now 93 and says returning the flag to Yasue's surviving siblings will help him heal.

Strombo on Thursday boarded a flight from Portland to Japan, where he will travel to the village next week.

The flags were a good-luck charm for Japanese soldiers, and they have deep significance because most families never learned how their loved ones died and never received remains.