Treasured flag finds a new home

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BY MATT PATTERSON Staff Writer mpatterson@Oklahoman.comPatty Kelly Stevens watched as Japanese troops shouted in anger and tore apart her prison camp barracks in the Philippines near the end of World War II, looking for something she knew her mother was hiding. “Don't worry, they've been in there three times and they haven't returned with it yet,” Selma Croft said softly to her daughter. It doesn't take much of an imagination to figure out what might have happened if the Japanese had found what they were looking for. “I think they would have killed us,” Stevens said, without hesitation. Selma Croft never told her daughter where she hid The 10-foot American flag, but Stevens figures it was probably inside a mattress. Later this month, Stevens will...

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Treasured flag finds a new home

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