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    Pearl Harbor Survivor USS Phoenix (CL-46).
    USS Phoenix (CL-46), launched in 1938, was a Brooklyn-class light cruiser and she was one of the first ships to engage the attacking Japanese planes during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Unlike her predecessors, the Phoenix was not named for the bird from Greek mythology, but rather for the capital of Arizona, Phoenix.

    This ensign is a 55" X 90" 48-star US bunting flag with double appliqué stars and sewn stripes finished with a canvas header and grommets. It is marked: "USS Phoenix (CL-46)" on the reverse hoist.
    The USS Phoenix was stationed in Hawaii. On 7 December 1941, she was anchored north-east of Ford Island, in Pearl Harbor. Spotters aboard the Phoenix observed the attacking enemy planes and engaged them with her anti-aircraft guns. That afternoon, Phoenix ventured out to sea in an unsuccessful attempt to locate the Japanese fleet.

    Being undamaged and seaworthy, she escorted a convoy to the West Coast before leaving Australia, Ceylon and then on to the east coast for an overhaul at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, before conveying Ambassador Cordell Hull to Casablanca. After returning to the Pacific, she hosted General Douglas MacArthur during his advances in the Admiralty Islands, New Guinea and the Molucca Islands. She again used her guns for shore bombardment during the liberation of the Philippines, and then again to engage Japanese surface vessels. She is credited with an assist for the sinking of the battleship Yamashiro, the destroyer Mogamo and a Japanese midget-submarine. Phoenix was sailing to Pearl Harbor for a refit when the Japanese capitulated. 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.

    This ensign is in Good to Fair condition - it is used, worn, soiled and torn with a frayed fly edge with some loss and a square shaped hole in the lower fly.

    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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