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Minocqua's American Legion Houses Historic FlagSubmitted: 05/31/2012
Story By Lex Gray


MINOCQUA - Stars and stripes are easy to find at American Legions across the country.

But at Minocqua's American Legion Post 89, one flag has special meaning, and not many know about it.

The flag was the last one taken out of Vietnam on April 30, 1975.

Sergeant David Rose of Minocqua was with the seventh fleet, the last to leave the country.

He took the flag off the top of the American Embassy.

For local veteran John Brandenburg, the flag is a reminder of what happened after that day in 1975.

"After we really left, when the North Vietnamese took over the country, there was about 1.2 million people that died over there because they had cooperated with the US and with the naval forces and things that were there," he said. "So it's not a flag that you celebrate, but it's a flag with great historical significance."

The Smithsonian and Marine Corps museum have expressed interest, but local pride is keeping the flag in Minocqua for now.

The soldier who took the flag out of Vietnam is still alive and living in Milwaukee.

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