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    The Second Most Successful Submarine of the War...
    "The Terrible T"

    Pearl Harbor Submarine USS Tautog (SS-199).
    USS Tautog (SS-199), a pre-war Tambor-class submarine, commissioned in 1940, was the first ship to be named for the tautog, a Narraganset word for a small edible sport fish, also called a blackfish, popular on the Eastern Seaboard. Tautog was one of the most successful submarines of World War II, officially credited with sinking 26 Japanese ships, for a total of 72,606 tons, the second most successful by number of ships and eleventh by tonnage.

    The Tautog ensign is a 39" X 60" 48-star Annin Defiance brand, cotton flag, with double appliqué stars and sewn stripes, finished with a header and wartime grey metal grommets. It has a maker's mark on the upper obverse hoist and, on the reverse, is marked "SS Tautog (SS199)".

    On 7 December 1941, Tautog was moored at the submarine base in Pearl Harbor at pier #2. She had just returned from a 45-day patrol and 75% of the crew were ashore. At 07:50 Tautog's crew spotted Japanese aircraft and sounded General Quarters. By 07:55 Tautog's .50 and .30 caliber machine guns were firing at the Japanese aircraft attacking Pearl Harbor and are credited with downing a torpedo bomber at 07:58, perhaps one of the first of the 29 Japanese planes shot down that day. She is also credited with damaging another plane. After the attacks, she secured from General Quarters and prepared for getting underway. Her first patrol was to the Marshall Islands to acquire reconnaissance. She did not engage in combat; however, from her 2nd to her 13th war patrols she sank or damaged an enemy ship on each patrol. Her record is impressive and her battle flag claims 4 warships and 22 merchant ships sunk, and another 18 damaged, uncredited. She operated out of Australia from July of 1942 until May of 1943 against enemy shipping and mine-laying. After a refit in San Francisco, Tautog rejoined the fleet at Pearl Harbor and continued her actions against enemy shipping near the Japanese Home Islands.
    In February 1945, she shifted to training duties and returned to San Diego in April where she was when the war ended. This flag represents an opportunity for a collector of WWII submarine artifacts or the Naval War in the Pacific.

    For her service in WWII, the USS Tautog was awarded the: Navy Combat Action Ribbon; U.S. Navy Unit Commendation - seven awards; American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with fourteen campaign stars and the World War II Victory Medal. Additionally, members of her crew were awarded the Navy Cross (6), The Silver Star (12), the Bronze Star (6) and the Navy Commendation Medal (16).

    The ensign of the Tautog is in Fair to Good Condition - used, worn, soiled and faded with a completely frayed 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.

    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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