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    Normandy Assault Ship - Omaha Beach - USS LST-310.

    The USS LST-310, a landing ship tank, was commissioned in 1943 as one of the approximately 900 LSTs built during WWII. With their flat bottoms and wide bow doors, the LST could land on an amphibious beachhead with her troops and equipment. She saw service in the European Theater in Italy and France.

    The ensign of the LST-310 is a 56" x 92" lightweight cotton, 48-star, dye-printed canton, sewn-stripe flag finished with a light canvas header and wartime white metal grommets. It is marked on the reverse hoist "LST-310".

    LST-310 convoyed to the Mediterranean in 1943 to participate in Operation Huskey, the invasion of Sicily and Operation Avalanche, the invasion at Salerno. At Normandy, LST-310 was attached to "Force "O" tasked with delivering the 3rd Battalion of the 16th Infantry to Omaha Beach as well as being a barrage balloon support ship. After landing, she was beached by the low tide. She was instrumental in removing damaged vehicles. When refloated and returned to England, she had over 100 wounded aboard. She returned 7 June with replacement equipment and made 12 round trips in support of the Normandy landings. After France, she was sent back to the States for conversion into a landing craft repair ship and scheduled to be rechristened the USS Aeolus (ARL-42); however, the capitulation of Japan cancelled this and she reverted to LST-310. The ensign of the LST-310 is an opportunity for a D-Day, Normandy, WWII naval war collector.

    During WWII, the USS LST-310 earned: the American Campaign Medal; Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with three campaign stars and World War II Victory Medal.

    This ensign is in Good to Fair Condition - used, worn and soiled. It has
    several small tears at the lower fly, and upper hoist. The top grommet is missing.

    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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    Auction Dates
    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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