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    General Douglas MacArthur's Leyte Flagship - USS Nashville (CL-43). USS Nashville (CL-43) was a Brooklyn-class cruiser commissioned in 1938. She was the third American warship to be named in honor of the capital of Tennessee. Her first cruise was to Europe on a goodwill tour. On her return, she secretly returned with $25,000,000 in British gold bullion. In 1939, she carried the American representatives to the Pan-American Defense conference in Brazil before transiting to the Pacific for two years, after which she returned to the Atlantic. She conveyed Marines to Iceland and was on Neutrality Patrol when WWII started.

    The ensign of the Nashville is wool bunting, USN size #8, approximately 57" X 108", 48-star double applique, sewn stripe flag finished with a canvas hoist with two galvanized, copper riveted, ring stapes at the top and bottom hoist. It is marked on the obverse hoist, "DOOLITTLE RAID" & "ALASKA," "U.S.S. NASHV|ILLE C43," and "MACAR ON BOARD, 20 OCT."

    Her first major operation in the war was escorting the "Shangri-La" task force during the Doolittle Raid on Japan. Nashville was often tasked as a flagship; first for Task Force (TF) 8 to defend Alaska and the Aleutians and then for TF 67 during Guadalcanal Campaign. She spent 1943 and 1944 on escort, screening, and shore bombardment duty. In 1944, she would serve as General Douglas MacArthur's flagship three times; in April at the amphibious operations at Hollandia, in September for the invasion of Morotai, Dutch East Indies, and finally in October for the invasion of Leyte in the Philippines.

    At Leyte, General Douglas MacArthur observed the landings form Nashville. When he went ashore, he transferred to an LCM. At the water's edge, the ramp dropped and MacArthur, his staff, and the President of the Philippines, Sergio Osmeña, waded ashore, fulfilling MacArthur's 1942 promise to return.

    In December of 1944, Nashville was struck by a kamikaze that killed 130 sailors and wounded 190 more but, although damaged, she was still able to return fire and remain afloat. She sailed to the States for major repairs and was back in the Pacific by May 1945 to resume flagship duties for TF 74. After the cessation of hostilities, she served as a flagship once more for the Yangtse River Patrol until she returned to the States for decommissioning in 1946. She was later sold to the Chilean Navy.

    This is a flag for an advanced WWII collector of MacArthur, Nashville, US cruisers, War in the Pacific, Leyte, and the Liberation of the Philippines artifacts.

    USS Nashville earned the following WWII awards in WWII: Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Navy China Service Medal, American Defense Service Medal w/"A" Clasp, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 10 campaign stars, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, and the Philippine Liberation Medal.

    Condition: The ensign from the Nashville is in good condition. It is used, worn, and soiled, 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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    June, 2020
    6th Saturday
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