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    Normandy Assault Ship USS LST-494.

    USS LST-494 (LST=Landing Ship, Tank), was a U.S. Navy amphibious tank landing ship that was commissioned in 1943. She saw combat during World War II in both the European and Pacific Theatres of War. At Normandy, she was assigned to Omaha Beach. The LST-494 was one of over 1,000 landing ships, tank, built during the war. She convoyed to Europe in March of 1944, carrying LCT-776 on her main deck.

    The ensign of the LST-494 is a 46" x 69" 48-star dye-printed, sewn stripe flag finished with a light canvas header and grommets top & bottom. It is marked "TANK LST- USS 494".

    LST-494 was part of the Western Task Force, Force "O" Task Force B, LST Group 30, Flotilla 10, assigned to support the Fox Green Sector of Omaha Beach. Aboard were troops from the 1st Division, "The Big Red One," America's most experienced combat division. They were the 3rd battalion of the 26th US Infantry; Company C of the 33rd Field Artillery Battalion and medical section. Additionally, the 494 was also designated as a hospital ship and carried an Army doctor and two corpsmen plus two Navy doctors and over twenty pharmacist mates. As the LCVPs [Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel] approached Omaha Beach on the afternoon of 6 June, it was littered with destroyed landing craft and burning tanks so they were unable to land as assigned and pushed further down the beach to the adjoining Easy Red sector. The 494 stayed on station supporting troops. providing anti-aircraft support (she is credited with an assist in downing a German bomber), assisting other landing craft and accepting the wounded until June 9th when she returned to England to unload her casualties, replenish and return to Normandy. LST-494 continued to support the invasion forces through mid-July 1944, by bringing in reinforcements and by operating as a hospital ship carrying wounded servicemen back to England. During the Normandy campaign, LST-494 transported and landed a total of 1,420 American and Canadian soldiers along with 577 tanks, trucks and other vehicles. After Normandy, she was assigned to Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France, where she would land over 3,300 soldiers and over 700 tanks, trucks and other vehicles before returning to the States for a refit and reassignment to the Pacific where she arrived to support the final stages of the Okinawa Campaign. This is a great flag for a WWII, Omaha Beach, D-Day, war in the Pacific or LST collector.

    During WWII, the LST-494 was awarded: the Combat Action; China Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with two campaign stars; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one campaign star; World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia clasp.

    The ensign of the 494 is in Good to Fair condition - used, worn, soiled, stained and torn, but otherwise complete.

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


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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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