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    "The Big Spud"

    Tokyo Bay Surrender Ship - USS Idaho (BB-42).
    USS Idaho (BB-42), the fourth warship named for the 43rd state, Idaho, was commissioned in 1919. She was the third New Mexico-class battleship and spent most of her service in the Pacific. Lovingly nicknamed "The Big Spud", it was a reference to the state's major agricultural export, the potato.

    The ensign of the Idaho is a 78" x 137" bunting 48-star, double appliqué flag with sewn stripes finished with a roped header and rope loops at the top and bottom of the hoist.

    When the United States entered WWII, the battleship Idaho was on Neutrality Patrol off the coast of Iceland. She sailed immediately for the Pacific and, after a refit for modernization at Puget Sound Navy Yard, she sailed to support the Aleutian campaign with shore bombardment and patrol duties as the flagship. In November of 1942, she sortied with the fleet for the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaigns, after which she provided naval gunfire for the Marianas Campaign, the New Ireland Campaign and the reduction of Guam. She fought in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and then went back to Guam for the invasion, after which she went into drydock for a refit to participate in the Peleliu Campaign, before going on to Bremerton, Washington for a major modernization. She renewed her service at Pearl Harbor in February of 1945 in preparation of the Iwo Jima Campaign, where she bombarded the island until March. The next major assault, the last of the war, was Okinawa where she resumed fire support role. After Okinawa, Idaho sailed for the Philippines, where she was when Japan surrendered. Idaho was in Tokyo Bay on 2 September when Japan formally surrendered. Flags like the ensign of the Idaho are perfect for a battleship, WWII or Naval War in the Pacific collector.

    For her WWII service, the USS Idaho was awarded: American Defense Medal with Fleet clasp; American Campaign Medal; Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with two campaign stars; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with five campaign stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

    The Idaho's ensign is in Good Condition - used, worn and soiled. The top & bottom fly corners are starting to fray, but the flag is 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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