Pfc. Thomas Theodore Higdon’s Reinterment Flag

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original flag with stars flipped


After the end of World War II, at the family’s request, Pfc. Thomas T. Higdon’s remains were returned to the U.S. He was re-interred near many other Higdons in the St. Augustine Parish Cemetery, Lebanon, KY.

The flag used at his re-interment was given to his little sister, Winnie. She kept that burial flag as a family treasure, and on her death, that flag was given to her daughter, Jill.

The top two photo images show the flag as it was stored. The fading white color of the stars is most notable. This fading occurred mainly on the outer most layers of the flag. If the top flap was turned out, you can see that the interior stars faded very little. What you cannot see as easily in these two images, or by personal inspection, are the hundreds of tiny holes throughout the flag caused by moths in the flag’s woven linen. 

The bottom flag photo image shows the thoroughly cleaned and refolded flag. All the stars are as white as the ones you see in the photo. The entire flag was hand cleaned. The flag was refolded and enclosed in a display case with a walnut finish. A triangular piece of glass, held in place by clear acrylic glazing, covers the front of the folded flag. The rear of the flag case has a removable back panel with turn-button closures. For more details about the professional conservation of Pfc. Thomas Theodore Higdon’s reinterment flag, please click on the photo images below the finished display case below.


  



For more details about the professional conservation of Pfc. Thomas Theodore Higdon’s reinterment flag, please click on this link.


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