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    Normandy Landing Ship - Omaha Beach - USS LST-393. USS LST-393 is tank landing ship, one of over 1,000, built for the United States during World War II. She was commissioned in 1942, purpose built without amenities and tasked with a dirty and dangerous job, to land on opposed enemy beaches. Additionally, the designation LST was given a pejorative meaning by both crews who manned them and troops conveyed - "Large Slow Target."

    The #9 Ensign of the LST-393 is a Defiance brand, cotton bunting, 48" X 84", 48-star, sewn stripe flag finished with a canvas header and two grey metal war-time grommets. The flag is inscribed on the obverse hoist, "LST 393" and "ENS 9" with a marker's mark label and "4 X 7." On the reverse is the name, "Tom Rennie."

    The name on the flag may well be a reference to (Acting) Maj. General Thomas Rennie, the commander of the UK's 3rd Infantry Division (a Division Group Formation with attached armor and self-propelled artillery) that landed at Normandy.

    The LST-393 participated in both the Italian landings at Sicily and Salerno. On June 6, 1941 she was tasked with landing armor to the Fox Green Section of Omaha Beach. After she unloaded, the fickle Normandy tides stranded her for two days. She would make over 30 roundtrips to Normandy beaches during the next three weeks, landing both American and British armor. After Normandy, the LST was sent to the states for a refit for Operation Downfall the planned Invasion of Japan.

    During WWII, the LST-393 was one of only three LSTs to be equipped with an airplane. A special, non-conventional landing wire apparatus was rigged from bow to stern off the port side and a USAAF L-4 Grasshopper spotter plane was able to take off and land using a snare pole. After the war she became an automobile ferry on the Great Lakes and is now a museum ship in Muskegon, Michigan.

    This an ensign for a collector of D-day, Omaha Beach, Normandy, and USAAF artifacts.

    For her WWII service the USS LST-393 was awarded: American Campaign Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.

    Condition: This ensign is in good condition. It is used, worn and soiled 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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