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    "Lucky Chuck"

    Normandy Assault Ship - USS Charles Carroll (APA-28).
    USS Charles Carroll (APA-28) began her maritime career as the transport SS Del Uruguay. She was acquired and commissioned in August of 1942 and christened in honor of Charles Carroll from Maryland, a signatory to the American Declaration of Independence. Her nickname was the "Lucky Chuck".

    The ensign of the Lucky Chuck is a 56" X 88" cotton bunting, 48-star, embroidered star field with sewn stripes, finished with a canvas header and wartime grey metal grommets. The flag is marked on the upper reverse hoist "USS 'Lucky Chuck' Carroll".

    Before Normandy, the Charles Carroll served as an attack transport in the Mediterranean Theatre for the invasions of North Africa, Sicily and Italy. At Normandy, she was detailed to the western Task Force, Assault Force "O-2," Assault Group 124.4 and tasked with landing troops on Omaha Beach. The Lucky Chuck left Weymouth, England carrying the 3rd Battalion (companies I, K, L and M) of the 116th Infantry, a federalized Virginia National Guard unit assigned to land first at Omaha Beach. The Charles Carroll, her crew veterans of three previous landings, stood off Omaha Beach on the morning of 6 June. Overcoming the difficult obstacles placed by the Germans, her boat crews successfully began to disembark assault troops. Assigned to the second wave, the individual companies of the battalion landed under heavy artillery fire at approximately 07:50 and began their slow advance across Omaha Beach. The Charles Carroll remained off Omaha Beach for the rest of the day, her boats landing equipment and evacuating wounded. She sailed for England that evening.
    After Normandy, she was sent to the Mediterranean for Operation Dragoon before being transferred to the Pacific for the Invasion of Okinawa. This time, on her fifth successful amphibious assault, landing US Marines. After the war, she made five round trips during Operation Magic Carpet, the repatriation of US troops. This flag is an opportunity for a collector of D-Day, Normandy, WWII and Naval war artifacts.

    For service in WWII, the USS Charles Carroll was awarded: the USN Combat Action Ribbon; China Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with five campaign stars; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with a campaign star; World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia clasp.

    The ensign of the Lucky Chuck is in Good to Fair Condition - used, worn, soiled and torn. The flag is badly frayed along the top fly edge and has numerous small holes, but is 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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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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