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    D-Day Landed Camp Flag from the 29th Infantry Division - Omaha Beach from V Corp Commander Gen. Gerow. This flag landed with the 29th Division, the 1st wave at Omaha Beach on D-Day, and was carried by them throughout the war.

    This is a wool bunting, 44" X 64", wool, 48-star, double applique, sewn stripe flag finished a canvas heading and grommets. The Flag is inscribed, "29th DIV. 1st WAVE OMAHA BEACH NORMANDY 6 JUNE 44" and "ST. LO, ELLE RIV. GEILENKIRCHEN, ELB CROSSING" and "MAJ. GEN. GEROW" and "5 CMH 854 = SILVER STARS."

    The place names are all significant actions of the 29th Division during WWII. Major General Leonard Townsend Gerow (1888 - 1972) was the commanding general of the 29th Division from February 16, 1942 until July 17, 1943, when he was elevated to command V Corps, which he landed with at D-Day. Gerow was instrumental in planning the landings at Normandy and was one of Eisenhower's most able subordinates.

    On D-Day, there was well over 6,000 ships in the allied invasion armada, approximately 4,000 of which were directly involved in the landings. Each ship had an ensign. Flags associated with the sea services are not uncommon. There were far fewer flags borne by land forces. There were hundreds of regiments that participated in the Normandy Landing, but far fewer flags were carried by higher echelon commands - divisions and corps. The final notation refers to the five medals of Honor and the 854 Silver Stars that soldiers from the 29 were awarded during WWII.

    At Normandy, each of the American Beaches, Omaha and Utah, were assigned to a US Army corps: Utah Beach - U.S. VII Corps, 4th & 90th Infantry Divisions and Omaha Beach - U.S. V Corps, 1st & 29th Infantry Divisions. This was one of four American divisional camp flags landed on D-Day.

    This flag is an opportunity for an advanced WWII collector or institution to have a divisional camp flag from WWII with a D-Day connection and a distinguished history.

    29th Division Awards: France - Croix de guerre 1939-1945 (with Palm), US European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Arrowhead device, and three Campaign stars.

    Condition: This flag is in fair condition. It is used, lightly worn with several small holes and some losses.

    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.


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