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    Normandy Attack Transport - Utah Beach - USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13). The USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) was commissioned in 1941. She was named in honor of Maj. General Joseph Theodore Dickman (1857-1927), West Point class of 1883, who saw service in the Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, Boxer Rebellion, and WWI. The vessel began her service in the 1920s as a trans-Atlantic passenger liner Peninsula State, but she was renamed, first as the President Pierce and then, in 1922, rechristened once again as President Roosevelt.

    The ensign of the Joseph T, Dickman is a US Navy size #8, wool bunting, approximately 60" X114", 48-star, double applique, sewn stripe flag finished with a canvas header and two galvanized ring staples. The ensign is marked on the obverse, "44" and "3 Killed M.G. and 88s" and "USS JOSEPH DICKMAN" and "6-44." On the reverse is, "ENS 8" and "6 JUNE."

    After WWII began, the US Navy requisitioned her to return Americans fleeing Europe. She was taken over by the War Department and converted into a troopship for the US Army Transportation Corps before returning to the Navy, where she was used to help develop the amphibious exercises and tactics used later in the war.

    Dickman was at sea when the US entered the War and, upon her return, was assigned to convey troops to bases in the Caribbean, before reporting for duty in Operation Torch, the liberation of North Africa. She made one trip to the Pacific delivering troops to Brisbane before returning to the Mediterranean for the landings at Sicily and Salerno. After a refit, she reported to Scotland to begin intensive training for Operation Neptune, the maritime component of Operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe.

    On June 6th the Dickman, under USCG command, was assigned to Utah Beach, the Green Assault Group, where it landed its personnel safely without incident. She came under fire while evacuating wounded that afternoon. She returned to Normandy with reinforcements before sailing to the Mediterranean for the invasion of southern France. After five successful landings in the European Theater, she was sent to the Pacific. Dickman delivered troops to Guadalcanal and immediately began preparations for Okinawa, the last major amphibious operation of the war. She made several trips to the states with veterans and wounded. After the cessation of hostilities, she participated in operation Magic Carpet, the return of Allied servicemen. She was decommissioned in 1946.

    This is a marked US Navy ensign of a D-Day, Normandy, Amphibious landings, and War in the Pacific collector.

    For her WWII service, the USS Joseph T. Dickman was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, American Defense Service Medal with the "A" device, American Campaign Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with five campaign stars, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with campaign star, and the World War II Victory Medal.

    Condition: The ensign of the Dickman is in good condition. it is used, worn, and soiled with tears along the fly edge, 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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    June, 2020
    6th Saturday
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