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    USS Enterprise (CV-6) "The Big E" and "The Grey Ghost". Few names in US Naval history are as romantic and historic as Enterprise. In the Revolutionary War, the Quasi-War, the Tripolitan, the War of 1812, World War I, WWII, and beyond the name has served the nation.

    USS Enterprise (CV-6) was the seventh U.S. Navy warship named "Enterprise." Her exploits are too numerous and too detailed to chronicle here. 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". Commissioned in 1938, she was one of three Yorktown-class carriers and the only one to survive the war.

    The ensign of the Enterprise is a wool bunting, 84" X 156", 48-star, double applique, sewn stripe flag finished with a roped canvas header which has a brass top snap and a bottom rope that likely had a ring. The flag is marked on the obverse hoist in two locations with the carrier's name, on the bottom, (ENTERPRISE"and again at the upper hoist, ENTERPRISE)

    She was the first aircraft carrier to sustain casualties in the war and her planes made the war's first full-sized sub kill when they sank the I-70 on December 10, 1941. During WWII, 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. Enterprise earned more campaign stars, 20, than any other warship and was the most decorated U.S. ship of World War II.

    Of the major actions of the Pacific Theatre, 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 few 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.

    Condition: The ensign of the Enterprise is in good condition. It is used, worn and soiled with some small holes, 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.


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    June, 2020
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