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Dean&leo

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Hello All

Firstly let me introduce myself, hi I’m Dean and I collect Usmc and Japanese items.

Lately I’ve been fascinated by the Japanese culture and the fantastic clothing and field gear carried throughout WW2 by a Japanese solider/marine.

I have this good luck flag and I would really appreciate some help with slogans and the names please so I can keep the history.
The blade was found wrapped in the flag inside a cave on Iwo Jima

Thanks in advance

Yours
Dean
 

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祈武運長久
Pray for everlasting good luck in battle

Looks like it was presented to 井(井?)都志夫君 Hanai Toshio (or maybe Momoi Toshio...I can't make out the first kanji of the family name).
The rest are names.

The dagger (tantō) looks interesting. Have you removed the handle to look at the tang?

You should be able to find videos on youtube that show how to carefully remove the blade from the handle. There may be a signature on the tang of the swordsmith who made it. If the handle does not come off easily, you might look for help on the Nihonto Message Board, which is a site that specializes in Japanese blades. Don't touch the blade with your fingers - they rust very easily. Its best to keep a very light coating of machine oil (like sewing machine oil) on the blade to prevent it from oxidizing. It doesn't need to be soaked.

Edit: this is a good one
 
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