Individual Japanese soldiers left their homes for battle carrying small silk flags inscribed with well wishes by their families and friends. This flag was captured during or following the Battle of Attu, in May 1943. In 2001, the museum contacted Mr. Yuichi Saito of Yokohama, Japan, to research the inscriptions. He determined that the flag had been carried to Attu by Motokichi Imai, born in 1915 at Ishikari Numata, Hokkaido. Saito located a younger brother of Imai, who indicated that his brother, a sergeant major of the Japanese Imperial Army, had died in the suicide attack against the U.S. Army on Attu, May 29, 1943. The inscriptions—“Patriotism,” “Bravery,” “May Fortune Ever Smile on Japan’s Arms,” and other expressions—were made by guests at his farewell party.