An Old Standard

Retired U.S. Navy Commander Rudy Asercion wasn't sure what he might find when he rummaged through the swords, guns and medals in the trophy room of San Francisco's War Memorial Veterans Building last summer. But the 63-year-old Vietnam War veteran knew what he was looking for: exhibits for a local ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of General Douglas MacArthur's return to the Philippines at the close of World War II. Instead, the third-generation Philippine-American may have discovered something of enormous historical value: a brittle, stained satin flag that the Philippine National Historical Institute reportedly says is "most likely" the nation's...

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