MOUNT VERNON — While serving with the American Division in Vietnam in 1969-70, Charlie Fulk of Findlay began a collection of state flags. He was inspired by fellow GIs in his office at Chu Lai (he was a stenographer) who wrote home asking for state flags, then displayed them in their offices.
He decided to go a step further and collect the flags of all 50 states, so he wrote to officials in each state, plus his congressman.
By the time he left Vietnam, he had received flags from 47 states and a U.S. flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol. The U.S. flag was provided by U.S. Rep. Jackson E. Betts, the congressman representing the Findlay area.
“One of the guys knew all the names of the governors and their addresses, so I wrote to all of them,” Fulk said.
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