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Object Name
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Alternative Name
American Legion Flag
Object Entities
Hontos, Arthur (owned by)
Hontos, George (is related to)
Hontos, Arthur (is related to)
Object Description
A Legion flag colored navy blue and gold, with gold tussel/fringe. The flag reads from top to bottom: George J. Hontos Post No. 1117 Chicago, Illinois (American Legion symbol) American Legion
The accession file identifies this flag as having belonged to George James Hontos as his ceremonial flag from the American Legion. The American Legion is a veterans association for aiding veterans and creating a community outside of the military. The Legion was created by veterans returning from WW I in 1919. Currently the group has over three million members and 14,000 posts world wide. The American Legion has been providing flags to individuals and communities for over 90 years. Their flags are not imported, but made in the United States. The funds go to directly support the American Legion and their members and members' families, not corporate profit. Because of this fact, they encourage all Americans to purchase their flags through the American Legion. George James Hontos, was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 27th, 1920. The son of James and Cornelia Hontos, brother of Dimitra, Arthur and John, who also served in the United States Navy. Two weeks following the Pearl Harbor disaster, he was called to serve his country in the Army. He trained for six months at Camps Yulen and Wallace, Tex. On March 1, 1942, the 434th Coast Artillery Battalion (Anti-Aircraft) was activated. With this outfit, he was send to England. After the completion of training, they took part in the liberation of Africa. George died from a landmine left by the Nazis, trying to aid some wounded women and children in Tunisia, on May 24th, 1943. Private George J. Hontos was posthumously awarded the Soldier's Medal and the Purple Heart.
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Flag, The George J. Hontos Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/6775. Accessed 03/23/23.