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    Pearl Harbor Ship - USS Monaghan (DD-352). USS Monaghan (DD-354), commissioned in 1935, was the last of the Farragut-class destroyers and the last of two warships named for Ensign John R. Monaghan, a US naval officer killed in 1899 while coming to the aid of a fellow, wounded officer in Samoa. Monaghan spent her pre-war career in the North Atlantic until ordered to the Pacific in 1940.

    The ensign of the Monaghan is Bulldog brand, cotton bunting, 52" X 87", 48-star, double applique, sewn stripe flag finished with heading and grommets. The flag is inscribed, "USS MONAGHAN" with a Dettra Flag Co. maker's mark and the size, "5 X 8."

    On December 7, 1941, Monaghan was the "ready duty destroyer," and at 07:51 was ordered to join the USS Ward, who had just sunk an unidentified submarine off the entrance to Pearl Harbor. At 7:55, before Monaghan could get underway, the Japanese air attack began. Monaghan sounded general quarters and opened fire on Japanese planes. Once underway, she spotted the HA-22, a midget submarine. The sub fired at the Monaghan and was promptly rammed by the destroyer and then sunk by depth charges. Monaghan then sortied with the ships searching for the Japanese carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor.

    Monaghan was at Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, and the Aleutians. She then went to the States for an overhaul before returning Alaska and participated in the Battle of the Komandorski Islands, where she participated in the sinking of the heavy cruisers Maya and Nachi and the sub I-7. She next had escort duty out of Pearl Harbor and escorted carriers to the Gilbert Islands. She was at the Battle of Tarawa, the Marshals, Kwajalein Atoll, Eniwetok, Palau, Yap, Hollandia, Truk, and Ponape.

    Her duties varied from escorting convoys, screening carriers, anti-submarine patrols, and shore bombardment. After Saipan, she returned to the States for a refit and training for the Luzon Operation. In December of 1944 Monaghan was caught in Typhoon Cobra and foundered with a loss of all hands, save eight.

    This is an ensign for a Pearl Harbor, destroyer, or Pacific War collector.

    The awards of the USS Monaghan include: American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with twelve campaign stars, and World War II Victory Medal. Her skipper Cmdr. William P. Burford received the Navy Cross for his actions at Pearl Harbor.

    Condition: The ensign of the Monaghan is in good condition. It is used, worn, and soiled with modest fraying on the fly edge, 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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