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    The "Globe Trotter": Ensign of the USS General H. W. Butner.
    The ensign of the USS General H. W. Butner is a rare example of a late-war WWII light-weight nylon ensign. The flag is a 48-star US Ensign #7 (61.6" X 117.2") made by Valley Forge out of light-weight nylon bunting with sewn stripes and stars, finished with a roped canvas header and a snap and ring. The ensign is marked in black on the reverse hoist, "USS General HW Butner."

    The USS General H. W. Butner was one of eleven General John Pope-class US Army Transport Service troop transports built during WWII. It was named for General Henry W. Butner, a West Point graduate who served in a variety of artillery posts until WWI, where he served with distinction. After the war, he commanded the Artillery School, attended the War College, commanded a detachment of the Philippine Scouts and ended his career as the Commanding General, Panama Canal Department.

    USS General Henry W. Butner (AP-113) "The Globe Trotter," was launched in September 1943 for the United States Army and commissioned for the US Navy as a troop transport. She began her service ferrying troops from the US to Morocco after which she was sent to San Pedro, California via Durban, South Africa; Bombay; and Melbourne, Australia. The Butner was a workhorse in the Pacific Theater, departing San Pedro, retracing to Melbourne and Bombay, and then back to Melbourne with troops, and on to California via Noumea and Efate, New Hebrides. She again sailed, this time for Melbourne, Bombay, Sidney, Noumea and San Francisco. On her next voyage she brought troops to Finschafen, Hollandia, Leyte, Manus Island, Guadalcanal and then back to San Francisco in May of 1945 before departing for France. Thus the "Globe Trotting" transport made a complete circuit of the Earth while sailing six times its diameter.
    She went to the Pacific again and during the occupation of Japan she made four voyages ferrying troops and families to China.

    This flag is recommended for collectors WWII artifacts, the naval war in the Pacific, and items pertaining to the Army Transport Service.

    USS General H. W. Butner Awards: China Service Medal, American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two battle stars, World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal.

    Condition: Good with modest wear from use.

    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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