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    Omaha Beach Bombardment Vessel - USS Arkansas (BB-33).
    The USS Arkansas (BB-33) was a pre-WW II battleship, the third named for the 25th state. She was the second ship of the Wyoming class. Before WW I, she participated in the landings at Vera Cruz, providing sailors for the Naval Battalion. During World War I, she was attached to the British Grand Fleet, but saw no action. After WWI, she performed a variety of duties, including training cruises for midshipmen and goodwill visits overseas.

    The ensign of the Arkansas is a 117" X 180" 48-star U.S. flag. At the outbreak of WWII, Arkansas was at Hampton Roads and began patrolling the waters off of Iceland before transferring to trans-Atlantic convoy escort duties. The Arkansas had been launched in 1911 and spent most of the war in the Atlantic alternating between drydock and escort duty until being assigned to Operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe.

    Arkansas was assigned to bombard Omaha Beach, where the battleship's guns fired in anger for the first time. After Normandy, she shelled positions in southern France for Operation Dragoon before being reassigned to the Pacific, where she bombarded both Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and where the ship was stationed when Japan surrendered. She made four trips to return servicemen from the Pacific Theatre during Operation Magic Carpet. After the war she became a test ship for the atomic detonations at Bikini Atoll.

    The Arkansas ensign would fit well into any WWII collection with an emphasis on naval war in Europe, the Pacific, or D-Day.

    The awards of the USS Arkansas include: Mexican Service Medal; World War I Victory Medal; American Defense Service Medal with "A" device; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one campaign star; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three campaign stars; World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal.

    Condition: Good overall with some light soiling, wrinkles, loss and tear at the upper fly end.

    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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