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    Pearl Harbor Survivor - USS Phoenix (CL-46).
    USS Phoenix (CL-46), launched in 1938, was a light cruiser of the Brooklyn-class and the third ship to bear the name "Phoenix," but she was first ship named for the city in Arizona and not the mythical bird. She was one of the first to return fire at Pearl Harbor.

    The ensign of the Phoenix is a 48" X 72" Annin "Defiance" brand cotton bunting flag with 48 double appliqué stars and sewn stripes, finished with a canvas header and two wartime grommets. The flag is marked on the hoist with an Annin label and "4 X 6 Ft." and on the reverse hoist, "USS Phoenix (CL-46) 48 Stars Byrne."

    The USS Phoenix was home-ported at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Anchored north-east of Ford Island, observers aboard the Phoenix observed Japanese aircraft and immediately trained the ship's anti-aircraft batteries on them. Ready for action after the attack, she sortied that afternoon with other undamaged ships in a fruitless search for the attackers. She immediately commenced convoy duty to the west coast, before being assigned to patrol the Indian Ocean. After a refit in Philadelphia, she conveyed Ambassador Cordell Hull to Casablanca before returning to the Pacific for shore bombardment and escort duty for General MacArthur's advances in the Admiralty Islands, New Guinea and the Molucca Islands. During the liberation of the Philippines, she again used her guns for shore bombardment, and then to engage Japanese surface vessels. She is credited with assisting in the sinking of the battleship Yamashiro. After Leyte, Phoenix resumed patrol and bombardment duties in the Philippines where she attacked, rammed and sank a Japanese mini-submarine before shore bombardment duty in Borneo. She was en-route to Pearl Harbor for an overhaul when the Japanese surrendered. After WWII, she was transferred to Argentina who recommissioned her the ARA General Belgrano. She was torpedoed and sunk by the HMS Conqueror during the 1982 Falklands War. Any collector of Pearl Harbor, War in the Pacific and WWII material would welcome this flag.

    The US Service awards of the USS Phoenix are: Navy Combat Action Ribbon, American Defense Service Medal with "FLEET" clasp; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with nine campaign stars; World War II Victory Medal; Philippine Presidential Unit Citation; Philippine Liberation Medal with two campaign stars.

    The Phoenix ensign is in Good condition - it is used, worn, soiled and stained, but otherwise compete.

    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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    14th Saturday
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