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    "The Big E" and "The Grey Ghost"

    USS Enterprise (CV-6).
    Enterprise is one of the most famous names of the Navy through association with the Revolutionary War, the French Quasi-War, the Barbary Wars, the War of 1812, World War I and WWII.

    USS Enterprise (CV-6) was the seventh U.S. Navy vessel named Enterprise. Colloquially called "The Big E", on three occasions during WWII, the Japanese announced that she had been sunk in battle, inspiring another nickname - "The Grey Ghost". She was a Yorktown-class carrier commissioned in 1938 and was one of only three carriers commissioned before the war to survive the conflict. She was the first aircraft carrier to sustain casualties in the war as her planes were at Pearl Harbor and made the war's first full-sized sub kill when they sank the I-70, on 10 December 1941. Enterprise earned more campaign stars, twenty, than any other warship, and was the most decorated U.S. ship of World War II.

    The ensign of the Enterprise is a wool bunting flag with 48 double appliqué stars and sewn stripes finished with a header and wartime grommets. It is marked on the upper reverse hoist: "Enterprise (CV-6) Downed 106 Kamikazes." It measures 61" x 73".

    Her exploits are too numerous and too detailed to chronicle here, but during the war her actions included the Pearl Harbor attack; the Doolittle Raid; the Battle of Midway; the Battle of the Eastern Solomons; the Guadalcanal Campaign; the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands; the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the Battle of Leyte Gulf; the Battle for Iwo Jima; and the Battle for Okinawa. Of the more than twenty major actions of the Pacific War, Enterprise engaged in all but two. Her planes and armaments downed 911 enemy planes; her bombers sank 71 ships and damaged or destroyed 192 more. Her mere presence inspired pride for the Allies and sparked fear into the heart of the enemy. This is a rare opportunity to own an ensign from one of the most storied ships of WWII. There are only four known documented Enterprise ensigns extant. It is a piece for an advanced collector of WWII, Naval Aviation, Pacific War and Enterprise artifacts.

    The USS Enterprise, as the most decorated U.S. warship of WWII, was awarded the: Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Commendation; American Defense Service Medal with "FLEET" clasp; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with twenty campaign stars; World War II Victory Medal; Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and Philippine Liberation Medal. Additionally, she was presented with a British Admiralty flag, given to Enterprise as a token of respect from a loyal ally.

    The ensign of the enterprise is in Good to Fair condition - used, worn and soiled with fraying at the top and bottom fly corners, 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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