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    Pearl Harbor Ship - USS Detroit (CL-8).
    USS Detroit (CL-8) was an Omaha-class light cruiser of the US Navy. She was the fourth Navy ship named for the City of Detroit, Michigan. She was at Pearl Harbor, her home port, on 7 December 1941 and successfully defended herself against attacking aircraft and was able to sortie that afternoon in search of the Japanese Fleet.

    This is a 33" X 58" Dettra "Bulldog" brand cotton bunting 48-star flag with double appliqué stars and sewn stripes and finished with a canvas header with two brass grommets. It is marked: "USS Detroit (CL-8)" and has a Dettra marker mark and size designation of 3 X 5.

    Commissioned in 1923, the Detroit started her career as a scout cruiser, smaller, faster, and more lightly armed and armored than protected cruiser, but larger than contemporary destroyers. In 1924, she supported the first aerial circumnavigation of the globe before reporting to the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. On 7 December she was anchored north of Ford Island, the last ship in a row formed by Tangier, Utah, Raleigh and Detroit. The ships moored ahead of her bore the brunt of the attack and Detroit, undamaged, was able to amount an effective anti-aircraft defense and get underway. The Detroit took up convoy escort duty and delivered to San Francisco the Philippine gold and silver evacuated from Corregidor by submarine before being assigned to Alaskan waters where she remained until l944. She next was assigned to the Southeast Pacific Force where she served as flagship. After a refit in San Francisco, Detroit rejoined the Pacific Fleet as the flagship for the fast attack carrier replenishment force, which she did until the end of the war. Detroit was at Tokyo Bay for the Japanese Surrender, one of the few Pearl Harbor survivor ships present. After the surrender, she had occupation duties until serving in Operation Magic Carpet, to return US servicemen to the states. This flag would be appropriate for a collector of WWII, the War in the Pacific, the Aleutians Campaign and Pearl Harbor artifacts.

    The awards of the USS Detroit are: Navy Combat Action Ribbon; Navy Expeditionary Medal; Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal; American Defense Service Medal with FLEET Clasp; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with six campaign stars; World War II Victory Medal - Navy WWII Occupation Medal with ASIA Clasp.

    The Detroit's flag is in Good condition - used, worn and soiled, but otherwise intact.

    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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