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    USS Coral Sea (CV-43) - "The Ageless Warrior".
    The USS Coral Sea (CV-43) was the third ship named for the naval battle. Ordered in 1943 and laid down in 1944, she was not launched until after WWII. The USS Coral Sea was named for one of the great naval battles of WWII, and the first in which the opposing ships never sighted each other. Technically, in terms of tonnage lost the battle was an allied defeat, but a strategic victory, in that WWII Japan's maritime expansion was forever checked.

    The ensign of the Coral Sea is a 48-star US Ensign #9, approximately 40" X 80" bunting flag with 48 double appliqué stars and sewn stripes finished with a canvas header and four metal grommets. The flag is marked on the lower obverse hoist: "USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) and "US ENS 9."

    The name Coral Sea was originally given to the CV-42; however, it was renamed the USS Franklin D, Roosevelt in 1945 and the name Coral Sea was reassigned to the CV-43 hull. She was the last of the so-called "straight deck" carriers, and incorporated technologies developed during the war to make carriers more sea worthy and resistant to combat damage. She was conceptually a WWII ship, but her service was during Korea and Viet Nam. This flag would complement an aircraft carrier or naval air collection.

    The USS Coral Sea was awarded: The US Navy Occupation Service Medal.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information, along with a 1955 letter of authentication & transmittal from Captain D. L. McDonald, Commanding Officer of the Coral Sea.

    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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