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    WWII "Pirate of the Pacific" Naval Ensign

    1943-1945 USS Kidd (DD-661) 48-star U.S. Ensign.
    The USS Kidd is a Fletcher-class destroyer and the first ship of the U. S. Navy to be named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd. Kidd entered the Naval Academy in 1902 where he acquired the nickname "Cap" (as in "Captain Kidd" the infamous 17th century Scottish pirate). On 7 December 1941, Rear Admiral Kidd was Commander of Battleship Division 1 and Chief of Staff & Aide Commander, Battleship Battle Force. When the Japanese attack commenced, he rushed to the bridge of the USS Arizona (BB-39), his flagship, where he became the first American admiral killed in action. Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Pearl Harbor attack.

    The Kidd was launched 28 February 1943 by Mrs. Inez Kidd, the Admiral's widow. In honor of "Cap" and with both her and the US Navy's permission, the Kidd was allowed to adopt Captain Kidd as a piratical mascot on her foremost stack and officially display the Jolly Roger. During WWII, the Kidd initially served in the Atlantic until transiting to the Pacific Theatre. Taking their mascot pirate to heart, crew members began to "ransom" rescued pilots for ice cream, and other delicacies from their comrades aboard aircraft carriers so that her reputation grew as the "Pirate of the Pacific". She was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 48 (DESRON 48), where she provided anti-submarine picket duty, rescuing downed pilots, shore bombardment, anti-aircraft support and escort for the aircraft carriers. The Kidd saw action at Wake Island, Rabaul and Bougainville, Tarawa, the Marshall Islands, Kwajalein Atoll, New Guinea, Saipan, the invasion of the Philippines and Guam. After a refit in late 1945 the Kidd returned to the fleet in time for the invasion of Okinawa, where she suffered her most severe damage of the war, resulting in the loss of 38 crewmen from a kamikaze attack. The Kidd Survived the war and is credited with the rescue a total of 35 aircraft carrier personnel.

    During WWII, the Kidd earned: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with six campaign stars; China Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. After WWII, the Kidd was recalled to serve in Korea and after decommissioning the Kidd became a museum ship in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1986, USS Kidd was designated a National Historic Landmark, as the best-preserved World War II destroyer of her class.

    The flag is Good - used, worn and soiled with some evidence of mothing, but otherwise intact.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

    For those who did not receive a hard copy of the auction catalog, we present here the introductory comments and history of Dr. Rungee and his remarkable collection. If you scroll further, you will also find various contemporary newspaper articles, as well as a selection of the many letters of donation and transmittal which accompanied the collection and a categorization of the collection.

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    14th Saturday
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