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    Normandy Invasion Ship

    USS Buncombe County (LST-510) Flag.
    USS Buncombe County (LST-510), commissioned in January 1944, was an LST-491-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy. Named for Buncombe County, North Carolina, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name. The county was in turn named for the Revolutionary War patriot Edward Buncombe.
    The ensign from the Buncombe County is 54" X 84" 48-star cotton, printed canton with sewn stripes, a cotton header with two white metal grommets. It is marked on the lower reverse hoist, " LST 510 USS Bumcombe County."
    The Buncombe County entered WWII as a part of a 64-ship convoy headed to the UK. Full of 600 tons of ammunition, she endures German U-boat attacks, terrible weather and icebergs. After arrival she was assigned to Operation Neptune, the maritime component of Operation Overlord, the allied invasion of Europe, and embarked 200 soldiers and 70 vehicles of the 29th Division.
    She arrived at Omaha Beach on the afternoon of 6 June, but could not get to the beach so she disembarked her cargo via LCTs and pontoons while embarking the wounded for both transport and treatment in her field expedient tank-deck operation room. She made 21 trips between the Normandy beaches and England delivering fresh troops and supplies and evacuating wounded until she was damaged in a collision with the SS Chapel Hill Victory. She returned to the States for repairs and was destined for service in the Pacific but the end of the war precluded any further service. She was decommissioned and renamed the MV Virginia Beach until she was resold and renamed the MV Cape Henlopen and converted to a passenger and auto ferry. She currently remains in service, perhaps the only WWII LST still afloat.
    This flag would find a home in a WWII, Normandy, D-Day, 29th Division or maritime collection.

    The USS Buncombe County was awarded the American Campaign Medal; Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with one campaign star and the World War II Victory Medal.

    The flag is in Fair condition, it is used, worn, torn, soiled and faded. She has tears at the upper fly edge, the lower hoist corner and the lower fly edge.

    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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