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    Normandy Escort Ship - Omaha Beach - USS Emmons (DD-457/DMS-22).
    USS Emmons (DD-457/DMS-22) was a Gleaves-class destroyer, commissioned in 1941 and named for Rear Admiral George F. Emmons (1811-1884).

    The ensign from the Emmons is a 54" X 84" bunting, 48-star, double appliqué, sewn-stripe flag finished with a heading and grommets. The flag is marked on the upper obverse hoist "USS Emmons DD-457".

    Commissioned just before America entered the war, Emmons started her career by steaming from Norfolk to Peru and Chile before returning to Boston and deployment to Europe on convoy, patrol and escort duty and training. She participated in the landing in North Africa as part of Operation Torch. In 1942 & 1943 her various duties took her to Africa, Newfoundland, Iceland, Scotland, the Arctic, Bermuda, Ecuador and finally escorting the USS Iowa (see related item elsewhere in the auction) for the first leg of FDR's trip to the Tehran Conference. In late 1943 and early 1944, she escorted carriers and aided in the training of naval aviators, resumed her anti-submarine patrols and helped sink the German U-616 before sailing to Europe for Operation Neptune, the naval component of Operation Overlord, the Normandy Invasion. She joined Escort Force 124.7 of Force "O" of the western Task Force, assigned to escort the bombardment ships to Omaha Beach. On 6 June 1944, after escorting the USS Texas (see related lot in this auction), she arrived off her station to screen the minesweeping before joining in the shore bombardment of German positions above Omaha Beach. During the day, she maneuvered close in to deliver more effective fire support in the form of 914 rounds from her main battery and over 1,000 rounds from her secondary guns. She participated in the Battle for Cherbourg before resuming her convoy, patrol and escort duties. In November of 1944, she put into Boston for conversion to a high-speed destroyer/minesweeper before she was transferred to the Pacific in time for the Okinawa campaign where she was to help with the dangerous task of clearing the waters for the landings. On 6 April 1945, the Emmons was on picket duty when she was attacked simultaneously by five kamikazes. Now crippled and ablaze with 60 killed and 77 wounded and damage control a losing struggle, the order was given to abandon ship and the Emmons was intentionally sunk by US naval gunfire the next day.
    This flag represents the best of the Naval service and would complement a Normandy, US destroyer or naval war in the Pacific collection.

    The USS Emmons WWII awards include: the U.S. Navy Commendation Ribbon, two awards; American Defense Service Medal with FLEET clasp; American Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle East Campaign Medal with three campaign stars; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two campaign stars.

    The ensign of the Emmons is in Good to Fair condition

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

    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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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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