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    Normandy Assault Ship - Omaha Beach - USS LST-286. The USS LST-286 was commissioned in December of 1943. She was a tank landing ship developed to support amphibious operations by carrying tanks, vehicles, cargo, and landing troops directly onto shore with no docks or piers, thus enabling amphibious assaults on almost any beach. The bow of the LST had a large door that would open with a ramp for unloading the vehicles. The LST had a special flat keel that allowed the ship to be beached and stay upright.

    The ensign of the LST-286 is a cotton bunting, 53" x 114", 48-star double appliqué, sewn-stripe flag finished with a canvas header and grommets. The flag is marked "5th SPC ENG., 1st INF, EASY Red, 3 ?'s" and stenciled, "LST 286" and stamped, "5 X 9 ½ FT., VALLEY FORGE FLAG CO."

    After arriving in Europe, the LST-286 was assigned to Operation Neptune, the naval component of Operation Overlord, the invasion of France. She was tasked with landing the troops and equipment of the 5th Special Engineer Brigade and the 16th Infantry of the 1st Infantry Division. After landing her troops, she received casualties and returned to England with over 850 wounded.

    LST-286's next assignment was Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France. She had the distinction of also being a "Junior Aircraft Carrier." Adding another function to her long list, launching tiny Piper Cubs (officially the L-4 Grasshopper) to act as spotters for shore bombardment. A specially-adapted "runway" was installed for the aerial operations. Again, she successfully transported and landed troops and their vehicles before she was sent to the Pacific where she engaged in occupation duties.

    This is an opportunity for a D-Day, Omaha Beach, USAAF, or WWII Naval War collector.

    During WWII, the USS LST-286 earned: the American Campaign Medal; Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia clasp.

    Condition: The ensign of the LST-286 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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