Man-in-Service Flag

Man-in-Service Flag

Description
Physical Description
Cotton bunting. Blue star in the center of white field; red border.
General History
The Man-in-Service Flag was used in both World War I and World War II. It is also known as the Blue Star Flag. Each family was entitled to hang a small Man-in-Service Flag in a window to signify they had a family member in service. The flag was about a foot long and was hung vertically. The blue star was covered with a gold (actually yellow) star if the family member died in action.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
flag
used in
United States
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 17 1/2 in x 11 1/4 in; 44.45 cm x 28.575 cm
ID Number
1979.0445.42
catalog number
1979.0445.42
accession number
1979.0445
subject
Flags
World War I
World War II
The Emergence of Modern America
The Great Depression and World War II
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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