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    82nd Airborne Infantry Color from WWII Victory Parade - 12 January 1946 in New York City.
    New York City was the site of the largest American Victory-in-Europe [VE] Day celebrations. The 12 January 1946 parade was led by the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division's General James M. Gavin, the Army's youngest major general. Fresh from their garrison duty in Berlin, where the 82nd participated in the European Theatre's September 1945 Victory Parade, Gen. Gavin led 13,000 servicemen in a four-mile procession from Washington Square, up 5th Avenue, retracing the route of the WWI Victory Parade led by General Pershing in 1919.

    This is a 48-star, 52" X 66" silk, U.S. Army National Color, with embroidered stars and sewn stripes decorated with a 2" golden-yellow fringe on three sides, finished with a pole hem sleeve and leather tabs. The flag is marked on the obverse, bottom white stripe, "82nd Airborne Blair Battalion NYC 12 JAN 1946" and has a Dettra maker's label on the upper reverse hoist.

    The 82nd was chosen as the "All-American Division" to represent the U.S. Army and the end of World War II. The parade consisted of 9,000 troops from the 82nd, 4,000 stateside troops, including the African-American 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion. Also included in the parade were artillery units, armored vehicles and Sherman tanks. In the air there was a fly-over of C-47 aircraft towing infantry assault gliders.

    The 82nd was chosen as a symbol of all servicemen because it fought in Sicily, Italy, Normandy, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It was awarded 3 Medals of Honor; 80 Distinguished Service Crosses; over 900 Silver Stars; over 1,400 Bronze Stars and over 10,000 Purple Hearts. The parade, though it was America's main tribute to the heroic, yet anonymous "GI," was somewhat subdued, due to the lack of martial music, the result of the rapid demobilization of most of the division's bands.

    This flag was thought to be associated with the 555th PIB, but its commander was named Porter not Blair, so the reference to the Blair Battalion remains unidentified.

    This is a great "end-of-the-war" piece for any WWII collector.

    82nd Airborne WWII Awards: Belgium Croix-de-guerre Fourragère; France Croix-de-guerre 1939-1945 with Palm 2 awards & Fourragère; US Army Presidential Unit Citation, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Arrowhead devices, and four Campaign stars.

    Condition: Good - The flag is in good to fair condition. It is used, worn, faded and the red fly stripes are beginning to shatter.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information, along with a 1948 letter of transmittal from the donor to the museum.

    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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