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Man Travels 10,000 Miles To Return Flag To Fallen Soldier’s Family | NBC Nightly News


EXTRAORDINARY STORY FROM NBC’S JOE FRYER.>>Reporter: MARVIN ISN’T JUST HOLDING A FOLDED FLAG, HE’S CARRYING A PROMISE. A VOW MADE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC 73 YEARS AGO. IT’S HERE DURING WORLD WAR II THAT STROMBO, A MARINE, CAME ACROSS THE BODY OF A DEAD JAPANESE SOLDIER, TUCKED INSIDE HIS UNIFORM NEAR HIS HEART WAS A FLAG COVERED IN CALLIGRAPHY. THE KIND OF SOUVENIR OFTEN DISCOVERED ON THE BATTLEFIELD, BUT STROMBO STRUGGLED TO TAKE THIS ONE.>>BECAUSE I KNEW IT MEANT SO MUCH TO HIM.>>Reporter: BUT HE REALIZED IF HE DIDN’T, SOMEONE ELSE MIGHT.>>AND I PROMISED HIM AT THAT TIME I WOULD RETURN THE FLAG SOME DAY TO THE FAMILY.>>Reporter: NOW 93 YEARS OLD, STROMBO RECENTLY REACHED OUT TO A NONPROFIT THAT HELPS AMERICANS RETURN JAPANESE FLAGS TO FALLEN SOLDIERS. THIS ONE BELONGED TO SUE, SIGNED BY 180 MEMBERS OF HIS VILLAGE, INCLUDING SEVEN TWO ARE STILL ALIVE TODAY. ONE OF THEM, HIS 89-YEAR-OLD BROTHER. HE SAID THE FAMILY NEVER RECEIVED YASUA’S REMAINS, BUT TODAY THEY GOT HIS FLAG. STROMBO TRAVELED 10,000 MILES TO FULFILL HIS PROMISE IN PERSON.>>I NEVER DID THINK I OWNED THE FLAG, IT WAS ALWAYS THEIRS.>>Reporter: THE FLAG FILLS A DEEP VOID FOR THIS ENTIRE VILLAGE, INCLUDING HIS SISTERS, IN AN EMOTIONAL MOMENT 73 YEARS AGO, NOW BLOOMING IN PEACE, AND

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100 COMMENTS

  1. AA A Posted on April 25, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    This generation suffered and gave up so much for us and the new generation are just belittling it

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  2. Remy Andre Urne Posted on April 26, 2018 at 2:55 am

    this is nice and all but why now, after over 70 years seems like he could have done it a long time ago.. strange

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  3. Brittany Leo Posted on April 26, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Nothing but respect for him.

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  4. It's Raining Men Posted on April 26, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Such class.

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  5. Serenity Kage Posted on April 27, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Thank you sir for returning the flag to that family

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  6. Båctro Posted on April 28, 2018 at 9:01 am

    God bless this man may you live longer

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  7. ThatCableGuy Posted on April 28, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    incredible. just wow

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  8. doobyman toker Posted on April 28, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Very honorable!

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  9. Top Silver Posted on April 29, 2018 at 3:01 am

    Why did it take him so long to return it?

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  10. patrioticdevil Posted on April 30, 2018 at 9:01 am

    A soldier is always a soldier. The soldier qualities never perish

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  11. MitAKe Ran Posted on April 30, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    0:03 Most Japanese cities do not have legit coat of arms, so they use weird symbols. Terrible

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  12. Dafuc U Posted on May 1, 2018 at 7:30 am

    oh its the one from kong skull island..glad he made it back.

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  13. CANCER DICK K-POP IS Posted on May 1, 2018 at 8:21 am

    respect!

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  14. Mini Tran Posted on May 1, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

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  15. Charles B. Posted on May 2, 2018 at 2:32 am

    This is a great accomplishment from him to the Japanese

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  16. Kaizen Mckenzie Posted on May 2, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Millions die and for what Strombo is such a good guy god bless him

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  17. Κωνσταντίνος Πετρίδης Posted on May 2, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    In Greece during WW2, the Nazis found a dead soldier hugging a Greek flag, and honored him for his loyalty, by returning his body to his widow wife and two children he never met.

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  18. Baka-Ninja Posted on May 2, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Respect for this man please!!!

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  19. Jolly Cooperation Posted on May 3, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Very honorable. But it took him over 70 years to return it?

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  20. Henry Torres Posted on May 3, 2018 at 9:12 am

    what a procrastinator…

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  21. Ab. Su. Posted on May 3, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Japan is cool. Really sad they are not the World Police.

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  22. Cris CP Posted on May 4, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Amazing!! And to think he lived the day so he could give the flag to the owner`s family, inspiring moments.

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  23. N3PTUN3S Posted on May 4, 2018 at 11:07 am

    this man is a real hero.

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  24. Leandro Oliveira Fernandes Posted on May 4, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Why does this Men in the Photo Looks Like the Guy from harkings the Film lol

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  25. A-N- I-M-E Posted on May 5, 2018 at 2:13 am

    I respect you man keeping his word will mean a lot to him
    And his family god bless 👌🏽

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  26. CR4Z1 Posted on May 5, 2018 at 6:16 am

    This man has my respects

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  27. HICHAM BENALIA Posted on May 5, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Flag Received, REST IN PEACE DEAR SOLDIER !

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  28. Jack Mihofplez Posted on May 5, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Hats off

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  29. Nathaline G Posted on May 5, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    This is beautiful.

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  30. Snukemm Smoxx Posted on May 6, 2018 at 3:32 am

    my eyes is watering..

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  31. Krasty Instagram Posted on May 6, 2018 at 6:03 am

    May god bless this mans soul

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  32. Red Segui Posted on May 6, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    He sounds like Herbert from Family Guy

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  33. Erika Halloway Posted on May 7, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    It's sad that their family member never came back alive from the war, but hopefully with the flag returned to them it will bring some peace in their minds.

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  34. 亮一リンゴ Posted on May 8, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Worthy of respect. the man of the man.

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  35. Jeremy Boulat Posted on May 8, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Saipan is in the North Pacific, just saying…

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  36. boba tea Posted on May 9, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  37. phoenix21studios Posted on May 11, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Japan is the only country we can war with and then turn around and love.

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  38. ArixDLS GT Posted on May 13, 2018 at 10:50 am

    My mum work on Saipan casino

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  39. Tennis Girl Posted on May 13, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    One of the most amazing things I've ever seen. Thank you.

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  40. Samok Jamora Posted on May 16, 2018 at 9:05 am

    What a promise he kept his whole life.

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  41. Yokier Posted on May 17, 2018 at 12:52 am

    What a good man

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  42. Rodrick Hatton Posted on May 18, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    That's good medicine right there.

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  43. CRUZEOO Posted on May 20, 2018 at 11:03 am

    'travel 10,000 miles' … the narrator make it sounds like the man travel by horse or something

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  44. Banajam Posted on May 21, 2018 at 9:36 am

    i dont know why soldiers make mark's on flag

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  45. Banajam Posted on May 21, 2018 at 9:37 am

    america is the only country help philippines to stop being ruled by spaniards….

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  46. Force User Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    just a minute of egotist, arrogance, and greed that Japan went to war with the US following the event is the occurrence of many many tragedies. Soldiers died and left their family back home, the feeling and the images when taking lives would stay with them for the rest of their lives

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  47. Sean Aldrich Siruno Posted on May 22, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Very dedicated man

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  48. Ao Chen Posted on May 22, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Imagine if this were a Nazi flag, no one would dare to claim it because it is a symbol of evil.
    It's a very honorable thing this veteran did only because Japan got away with the massacre, raping and pillaging they've committed in Asia, and thus weren't viewed as a symbol of evil.

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  49. TOASTYCO. AV Posted on May 23, 2018 at 9:49 am

    this is the absolute sweetest man

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  50. FAGGOTWARE STUDIOS Posted on May 23, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Conscription is a horrible thing

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  51. Acoubella Posted on May 23, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    More of this and less of VJDAY celebrations

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  52. WS VENTURA AVENUE GANGSTERZ X3 805 Posted on May 25, 2018 at 9:18 am

    P.O.W NEVER FORGOTEN

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  53. Tristan Moore Posted on May 26, 2018 at 11:30 am

    My great uncle has a flag like this. He wants to give it to a museum at some point. It’s a really cool decoration

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  54. Budd Phugz Posted on May 26, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Honorable, unlike the japanese were to our american pows, my grandfather included.

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  55. Lojza Lojzovic Posted on May 26, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    its fascinating how nobody knows what Japanese actually did doring WW2 wow ….you should read about Nanking Massacre

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  56. For the love of life Posted on May 27, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    What a guy!

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  57. Sonny Black Posted on May 27, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    He's literally a living image of Desmond Daws

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  58. Medyc Posted on May 28, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    i wonder how much this flag is worth…

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  59. Algerian Prophet Posted on May 28, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    The nukes are of the past, but this emotional event is not of the past…

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  60. Moh B Posted on May 28, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Will they return the ears and noses they took off dead or dying Japanese soldiers ?

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  61. ASIAN SALAD Posted on May 29, 2018 at 1:33 am

    The perfect man doesn't exi-

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  62. Rachel Takada Wong Posted on May 29, 2018 at 11:55 am

    heart breakingly beautiful.

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  63. k f Posted on May 29, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Funny how the men who put their lives at risk and fought hand to hand with the enemy are quick to forgive but the ones in their chairs in Washington just want more blood

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  64. Zzzz Dddd Posted on May 29, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Why did he wait so long to return it? Japanese & American relations have been great for years.

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  65. Ownxer Posted on May 29, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Dollar bills in the woods

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  66. David Haynes Posted on May 29, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    It's said that in Japan, no one loses a war. The war loses Japan. Just ask Chuck Norris.

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  67. rrzsuccess Posted on May 30, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Spit on that Japanese flag! They are evil!

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  68. Jiangzell Posted on June 1, 2018 at 4:06 am

    Spirit of Great Alexander.

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  69. Ex-さん Posted on June 2, 2018 at 2:24 am

    The soldiers is not a machine, they just simply a human being like us

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  70. Nimori Kandara Posted on June 5, 2018 at 6:41 am

    “Hey, I killed your grandpa. Take this flag that i took from him”

    Im joking, but in all seriousness… what a remarkable sight.

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  71. jupiter xavier Posted on June 6, 2018 at 11:04 am

    A tear fell from my eyes when i saw the brother of the fallen japanese soldier kissed the flag.

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  72. John K Posted on June 7, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Terrorist how dare a fellow marine show respect to an enemy we must destroy all of our enemies because once a enemy always a enemy.

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  73. IM A CAT Posted on June 17, 2018 at 3:53 am

    Whos chapping an onions here

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  74. ATAX Posted on August 4, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Holy crap, real news! I wish you all produced more of this, even though I'm late.

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  75. Fra ruger Posted on August 9, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Chinese communist regime Is the horrendously despicable scums on earth, they never buried their enemy properly(civil war 1945-1950, korea war 1950-1954), they even ignor 200,000 corpse scattered in DPRK and South Korea.

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  76. Shinku Kirito Ichika Posted on August 19, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    This is heartwarming and very honorable of this man to return a flag to a once hated enemy of that time.

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  77. Aaron Murphy Posted on September 12, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    I have a flag just like this my great uncle brought it back from WW2 but ours has blood stains over it

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  78. Robert Santos Posted on December 6, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Kudos…old school rules..

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  79. Harrison Buchanan Posted on December 15, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    It only takes 2 leaders to not get along and millions die

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  80. Russell Fitzgerald Posted on January 14, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Please explain to me why you disliked this people

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  81. enricmm85 Posted on March 11, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Not sure if this belongs to Flags if our fathers or Letters from Iwo Jima.

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  82. Lil Dissapointed Posted on March 11, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Lmao that mans hairline the end.

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  83. Kharkovkid Posted on March 17, 2019 at 10:47 am

    "Promise to Return":… As the Invasion of Sicily was winding down, my fathers troop transport was converted to POW ship. My Dad found an Italian POW who spoke passable English and gave him his parole and seven dollars on the promise the man would return within the hour with Vino and some black shoe polish. Fifty five minutes later, the man retuned with a basket of Chianti, a shoe shine boy, the shoe shine boy`s big sister and five more POW`s…" A Different War and Different Enemy" as my Dad liked to say.

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  84. Elim Kwok Posted on March 26, 2019 at 11:47 am

    How nice of him!! When will they pay their respects to poor Josef Goebbels?😢😢😢

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  85. Big Sai45 Productions Posted on April 7, 2019 at 5:55 am

    He’s a good man who fulfilled his promise. I’m so glad that he accomplished his final and last mission. God bless him and god bless the family of that Japanese Officer. “It is easy to make promises, but it takes a good man who works hard enough to keep them” – Boris Johnson. He is a true soldier that kept his promise. He never kept it as a trophy, but as a reminder of his promise to deliver it back to the soldier’s family as a memorial of him. I have to be honest, I cried during this video. You have to know that it doesn’t matter what they did in the past, they were just following orders just like us. They never knew the truth, they were just believing what their government said. I do pity the Japanese and Germans, even though they did horrible things, I forgive them because they are all humans, people, blood and flesh with a heart like us. All lives matter in our world. I hope that Marvin will be at peace for finally returning his promise. Good day and thank you Marvin for returning it to the family.

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  86. LoreFreak Posted on April 21, 2019 at 1:38 am

    I always thought the japanese war flag was the blazing sun, this one is just the sun. Obviously it was used as a war flag but was it first a town flag or were some war flags not the blazing sun?

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  87. Haus_of_Justice Posted on April 27, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    I pray we some how always hold tight to Peace

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  88. Mike Capporta Posted on May 5, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    God bless you sir thank you for your service🇺🇸

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  89. Tyler Sasamoto Posted on May 9, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Praise him!!!!So im from saipan🇲🇵The war is a very big part of our history:)So yea:)Biba!!!🇲🇵🇲🇵

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  90. Desecration Posted on May 14, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Why'd he wait so long?

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  91. J J Posted on May 18, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    I was this close to crying dude (.)

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  92. Rick Drew Posted on May 28, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Some major problems with the mileage calculations….

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  93. Esteban Ayala Posted on May 30, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Where there is war there is light

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  94. georgia kim Posted on August 5, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I wish Japan does to Korean.
    Basic humanity.

    Pass is pass, but has to remember. Good or bad.

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