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Translation Request ~ Hinomaru Yosegaki, Very Important to me

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Hello, This is my first post on this forum and I could really use some help. I have a Hinomaru Yosegaki that was gifted to me by my folks through a very good friend and neighbor. He is a collector of all things WWII and is at the advanced age where he is now parting with his collection. I too collect Japanese items as I have had direct connection with the Japanese selling high end manufacturing machines & tooling for the majority of my professional career. The request by our friend was that I find out what it means as he's always wanted to know. I too am very interested but I'll be honest, I'm concerned about disrespecting or hurting the feelings of my Japanese counterparts if I ask them to translate this. If anyone would be so kind as to help me with this translation it would be greatly appreciated!
 

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The soldier's name looks like Yamada (山田). First name (正治) could be Masaharu (but there are other possibilities).
The top part (武運長久) is the standard wishes for long strength/life in battle.
All the names written would be his family, neighbors, coworkers, classmates, etc.
Maybe somebody else can determine the town.
 
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THANK YOU!!! That's a tremendous start! Greatly Appreciated!
 
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