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    USS Canberra (CA-70).
    USS Canberra (CA-70) was a Baltimore-class cruiser, commissioned in 1943, laid down as the USS Pittsburgh, but was rechristened before launch to honor the loss of the Australian cruiser HMAS Canberra during the Battle of Savo Island. The Canberra was the first US warship named after a foreign warship or a foreign capital city, in this case, that of Australia. "Canberra" is derived from an aboriginal word for "meeting place."

    The ensign of the Canberra is an approximately 60" X 120" Dettra Bulldog brand cotton bunting flag with 48 embroidered stars, sewn stripes, finished with a canvas header and two wartime white metal grommets. The flag has a maker's mark in the upper hoist and is marked on the reverse hoist "USS Canberra."

    The Canberra arrived in Pearl Harbor in February of 1944 and began her wartime career using her guns for shore bombardment during the Battle of Eniwetok. After that she had patrol and screening duty for the USS Yorktown; shore bombardment against Hollandia, Wakde, Truk, Marcus and Wake Islands; she participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea before again bombarding the Bonin, Palus, the Marianas, Palau and the Philippines. In October of 1944 she was hit by an aerial torpedo which left her dead in the water and, although repaired enough to reach the states, she spent the rest of the war in refit at the Boston Navy yard. This is a flag for the WWII, cruisers, Naval War in the Pacific or an Australian collector.

    During WWII Canberra was awarded: the Combat Action Ribbon; Navy Expeditionary Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with seven campaign stars; World War II Victory; Philippine Presidential Unit Citation; Philippine Liberation Medal.

    The ensign of the Canberra is in Good to Fair conditions - used, worn, soiled and stained, the top and bottom fly corners are beginning to fray, but 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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