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    PEARL HARBOR SHIP - USS Conyngham (DD 371). The USS Conyngham (DD-371) was a Mahan-class destroyer in the United States Navy before and during World War II. She was named in honor of Capt. Gustavus Conyngham, a pre-Revolution merchant skipper of the brig Charming Peggy who accepted a commission in the Continental Navy from Benjamin Franklin and commanded successively the Surprise and the Revenge. He took over 60 British ships, one of the most successful of all Continental Navy captains. He continued to serve during the Quasi War with France and the War of 1812.

    The ensign of the Conyngham is a wool bunting, 60" X 104", 48-star, double applique, sewn stripe flag finished with a roped header with a ring at the upper hoist and a lead line at the bottom. The flag has a maker's mark of the Valley Forge Flag company on the upper obverse hoist, and is inscribed on the upper reverse hoist, "F702" & "USS CONNINGHAM (DD 371)."

    At Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Conyngham was moored among a "nest" of five destroyers in the East Loch north of Ford Island. All the destroyers were drawing their power from a tender when the attach commenced at 7:55 A.M. Conyngham sounded general quarters and returned fire from her main and secondary batteries. These destroyers are credited with downing six of the 29 enemy aircraft downed during the attack. The Conyngham recorded a single bullet or shrapnel hit and had no casualties. She was able to get up steam, cast off, and sortie that afternoon searching for the Japanese carriers.

    In early 1942, Conyngham began her remarkable career after a brief refit in California before taking on escort and screening duties during the Battle of Midway and accompanying the USS Enterprise in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. She was at Guadalcanal for shore bombardment before resuming escort duties to Australia and New Guinea where she covered the landings at Arawe, New Britain, Cape Gloucester, and Saidor, New Guinea before returning to the States for an overhaul. In 1944, she screened battleships during the Marianas Campaign, the Leyte Gulf operation, and then returned to escort duties during which she was damaged in an air attack before returning to support landings at Ormoc Bay, Leyte. Conyngham replenished at Manus before returning to Philippine escort duty for the landings at Lingayen Gulf on Luzon. After Manila was liberated, she put into Subic Bay for an overhaul where she was when hostilities ceased. She was decommissioned in 1946 and used for the atomic weapons tests at Bikini. The effects of radiation on her were studied for two years and she was scuttled as a target.

    During WWII, the Conyngham was awarded: American Defense Medal with Fleet clasp, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with fourteen campaign stars, the American Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

    The ensign is in good condition. It is used and worn with a separation between the canton and the fourth white stripe, 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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