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    Pearl Harbor Vessel - USS Honolulu (CL-48).
    USS Honolulu (CL-48) was a Brooklyn-class light cruiser, the second ship to bear the name of the Hawaiian capital. She was commissioned in 1938.

    The ensign of the Honolulu is an approximately 30" X 53" bunting flag with 48 double appliqué stars and sewn stripes, finished with a canvas header with two brass grommets. The flag is marked on the obverse "3 X 5" and on the reverse hoist "Tulsa USS Honolulu (CL-48)."

    On the morning of 7 December 1941, the Honolulu was moored alongside the USS St. Louis. Both ships returned fire to the attacking aircraft. During the second attack wave, a bomb narrowly missed her, striking the quay causing minor hull damage. After repairs, she put out to sea in January to take the fight to the enemy, escorting convoys to Australia and Samoa until she was sent to Alaskan waters to counter the Japanese thrust towards the Aleutians before returning to escort duty.

    In 1943, she was part of the force sent to counter the Japanese around Guadalcanal and participated in the Battle of Tassafaronga where her gunfire helped sink a destroyer. She opposed the "Tokyo Express," bombarded the Solomons and New Georgia and, at the Battle of the Kula Gulf, again assisted in the destruction of another Japanese destroyer. The battle-proven cruiser again confronted the Japanese at the Battle of Kolombangara where she sank a Sendai-class cruiser, the Jintsu, while surviving an enemy torpedo hit. She retired to Honolulu and San Francisco for major repairs and rejoined the Pacific Fleet in December 1943. In 1944, she bombarded Saipan, Guam, the Marianas, and Palau as the navy continued its "island-hopping" across the Pacific. She then headed for the invasion of the Philippines and began the bombardment of Leyte when a Japanese torpedo bomber scored a hit on her port bow sending her for repairs. Although afloat, her wartime career had ended.

    The "Tulsa" on the hoist refers to a campaign in Tulsa, OK for the ship where the citizenry collected socks, toiletries and morale-lifting items for the crew. This ensign would be appropriate of a Pearl Harbor, War in the Pacific or cruiser collector.

    Navy Combat Action Ribbon; Navy Unit Citation; 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.


    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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