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    D-Day Assault Ship - Juno Beach - USS LST-279 (Berkeley County). USS LST-279 (USS Berkeley County) was an LST-1-class tank landing ship commissioned in October of 1943. She was later, like many of her sister ship LSTs, christened in honor of American counties in both South Carolina and Virginia. Curiously, they were to honor two different governors of Virginia with the surname Berkeley. South Carolina honors Sir William Berkeley (1605 - 1677), a colonial governor of Virginia (1642-1652) and one of the Lords Proprietors of the Colony of Carolina, and his brother John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton (1602 - 1678). The West Virginia commemorates Norborne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt (1768-1770), who served (1717-1770). An almost unique example of a warship named for more the one individual.

    The ensign of the LST-270 is a cotton, 48" X 66", 48-star, dye printed starfield with sewn stripes and finished with a header and wartime grey metal grommets. The flag is inscribed on the upper obverse hoist, "LST - 279" and bears an Annin maker's mark for a "Premier" brand flag.
    The LST-279 was launched in Pennsylvania onto the Ohio River. She was fitted out in New Orleans and underwent trainings in amphibious warfare before sailing for Europe for Operation Neptune, the maritime component of Operation Overlord, the liberation of Europe. From February through May she trained with the British Commonwealth forces for the landings in France.

    For D-Day, the LST-279 loaded Canadian troops for Juno Beach. Landing them under fire, she was unscathed. Casualties then came on board for the return trip to England. She then commenced a routine shuttling of troops, ammunition, and supplies to Normandy and returning with wounded and POWs. Over the next 12 months she made 74 trips to France. She returned to the States in 1945 and was decommissioned in 1946. She was recommissioned during the Korean War and was eventually conveyed to the Republic of China.

    This is a great opportunity for a D-Day collector to acquire an ensign associated with Juno Beach. Perfect for a D-Day, Canadian's in WWII, or Juno collector.

    During WWII, the USS LST-279 was awarded: American Campaign Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with a campaign star, and the World War II Victory Medal.

    Condition: The ensign of the LST-279 is in good condition. It is used, worn, soiled, and stained, but otherwise complete.

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


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