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    "Old Blood and Guts" Vehicle Flag from Sicily During WWII

    General George S. Patton Vehicle Flag.
    George Smith Patton, Jr. was a General of the United States Army who, during WWII, commanded the Second Corps, the Seventh Army FUSAG (First Unites States Army Group) and Third Army. He was born to a military family, attended the Virginia Military Institute and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served in the 1916 Mexican Intervention and WWI. In the post-war period he helped develop U.S. tank & mobile warfare training & tactics and was renowned for his inspirational, flashy and distinctive image.

    This flag is an approximately 16" x 29" 48-star, cotton sheeting, dye printed, U.S. flag. The flag is finished with a plain hem all around. The flag is inscribed on the obverse indicating that it was General Patton's Vehicle Flag. The flag has no method of attachment, but does seem to have once been stapled to a staff. The flag is marked on the 2nd, 10th and 12th stripes as follows: 2nd Stripe - "H hour Day Sicily!" and "First Bullet Hole"; 10th Stripe - "Gen. Patton Vehicle Flag, HALF-TRACK - JEEP - STAFF CAR M3A1, SERVICE CAR W20321712-5 HIS FAVORITE"; and 12TH Stripe - "SICILY - FIRST TO MESSINA AND BASTONE."

    By repute, this flag graced a vehicle of General Patton's during the Sicily Campaign; however, as noted, the flag has no remaining attachments. Also, it doesn't comply with the size of flags, cloth or metal, authorized for a general officer's vehicle. A more likely scenario is that this was a stick flag that accompanied the 7th Army HQ and was used once as a field expedient on a vehicle. This flag would enhance a Patton, 7th Army, Sicily or WWII collection.

    General Patton's US awards include the Distinguished Service Cross; Army Distinguished Service Medal; Navy Distinguished Service Medal; Silver Star; Legion of Merit; Bronze Star; Purple Heart; Silver Lifesaving Medal; Mexican Border Service Medal; World War I Victory Medal; American Defense Service Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal.

    The flag is in Good to Fair Condition - used, worn and faded.

    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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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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