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    Normandy Assault Craft - Omaha Beach - USS LCI(L)-94.
    USS LCI(L)-94 was commissioned in February 1943 and crewed by the US Coast Guard, Lt. Gene R. Gislason, commanding. She was a Landing Craft Infantry, one of over 900 purpose-built "Elsie Items" that could transport for a rear area and land up to 200 fully equipped troops to a beachhead. The LCI was the largest beachable infantry landing craft of WWII.

    The ensign of the 94 is a 40" x 79" Annin "Sterling" brand, 48-star double appliqué flag with sewn stripes, finished with heading and grommets. The flag has a marker's mark on the upper obverse hoist and is marked, on the upper obverse hoist: "LCI (L) 94 104th MED BN".

    The USS LCI(L)-94 convoyed to North Africa and landed troops in Tunisia, Sicily and mainland Italy. On D-Day, she was attached to Force "O" to support the landing on Omaha Beach, where she was assigned to deliver elements of the 104th Medical Battalion. The 94 maneuvered through the numerous other landing craft and beach obstacles to the proper beach and discharged her troops. While she was withdrawing from the beach, she received a direct hit to her pilot house which killed three crewmen, knocked out communications, disabled the engine telegraph and electric steering. As she drifted, one of her propeller shafts was damaged by beach obstacles. Lt. Gislason, although wounded himself, directed that the wounded be treated, brought his ship off the beach steering by hand, effected repairs and within four hours made the 94 seaworthy and operative enough to remain at Omaha Beach. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his actions on 6 June 1944. After Normandy, she transited to the Pacific Theatre where she participated in the Okinawa Campaign and assisted in minesweeping operations. This ensign is an opportunity for a D-Day, Normandy or WWII naval war collector.

    During WWII, the USS LCI(L)-94 was awarded: the Combat Action Ribbon; Coast Guard Unit Commendation; American Campaign Medal; Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with four campaign stars; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two campaign stars; World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal with ASIA clasp.

    This ensign is in Fair Condition - used, worn, soiled, stained and repaired. There are numerous splits along the fly edge, but it is otherwise complete.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee.

    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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