The captured Nazi flag given to the Lambert Museum – La Tribune

Captured Nazi flag donated to the Lambert Museum

Published at 00:00 on Saturday, October 15, 2022

Will be archived, added to museum collection

A flag of one of the most insidious regimes in history, captured by a US soldier, will now be among the artifacts contained by a military museum in Ironton.

A Nazi flag was donated to the William C. Lambert Military Museum and Archives by retired USAF CMSgt James H. Tagg on October 3.

Retired U.S. Air Force CMSgt James H. Tagg is seen with a captured Nazi flag he donated to the William C. Lambert Military Museum and Archives October 3. (Photo submitted)

“It is in perfect condition,” said Joe Unger of the museum, adding that the flag will now be entrusted to an archivist and kept in storage as part of the museum’s collection. The collection exhibits alternate from a larger collection of artifacts.

Unger said the museum, which is named after Lambert, an Ironton native and World War I flying ace, and includes artifacts from every U.S. military conflict, is still accepting donations.

He said those who donated received a form, which could be used when filing taxes.

Tagg explained how the flag came into his possession.

“In 1971. I was assigned to the 1978th ​​Communications Group at Albrook Air Force Station, Panama Canal Zone,” he said in a statement. “Summer of 1974 my son played T-Ball and two young Airmen, John and Herb (last names unknown) coached his team. Both John and Herb lived in the single Airman dorm.

Tagg said that on weekends and holidays, he and his wife, Elinor, invite the two over to their house for a barbecue “to get them out of the dorm and enjoy a family dinner.”

“On one occasion when they came to visit, John brought a Nazi flag,” Tagg said. “John said he felt uncomfortable having a Nazi flag in the dorm and asked me if I wanted to have it. He was afraid someone would report him because he had and didn’t want to get in trouble. We just put it in a dresser drawer and pretty much forgot about it.

John explained that his grandfather (name unknown) was in World War II and took the Nazi flag from a captured German tank.

Tagg said that recently while working at the Fairborn YMCA, a friend told him that he visited the Lambert Museum and was impressed.

“I told him I probably had something they would be interested in,” Tagg said. “He asked what it was. I explained to him that I had a Nazi flag and how I had managed to get it. I stopped by the museum and spoke to the curator and he was really interested in getting it.” Tagg, a Lawrence County native, said he was curious about the museum and contacted them himself.

He spoke with Unger, who said they were interested in hosting him for a World War II exhibit.

Tagg delivered the flag in person, which he said “belongs to a military museum and is not hidden, out of sight, in a dresser drawer.”

“I am confident the flag has found a good home and will be used in Lawrence County for historic purposes,” he said.

Unger said those interested in the museum can find them at “Musée Lambert” on Facebook or visit their website at www.LambertMu.org.

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