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    USS Hodges (DE-231) Ensign Christened in Honor of Battle of Midway Aviator.
    The USS Hodges was commissioned in May of 1944. She was named for Ensign Flournoy G. Hodges, USNR, the pilot of a Douglas TBD Devastator of Torpedo Squadron SIX (VT-6), attached to the USS Enterprise (CV-6), who was awarded the Navy Cross.

    The flag is a 48-star US Ensign measuring approximately 45" X 69," Sterling-brand, made by Annin & Company, wool bunting with sewn stripes and stars, finished with a canvas header and grommets. The ensign is marked in black on the reverse hoist, "Hodge."

    Initially the Hodges served in the Atlantic on anti-submarine patrols until late 1944 when she was dispatched to the Pacific where she resumed patrol, escort and training duties; survived a kamikaze attack; conducted shore bombardments and served as plane guard. After the war, she returned to the States and was placed in reserve.

    Ensign Hodges, (posthumously Lt. j.g.) was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions in the Battle of Midway. VT-6, Hodges' squadron, sighted the Japanese force and commenced their attack. However, they became separated from its covering force of fighters and without combat air protection. Torpedo Squadron Six (VT-6) wove their way through a gauntlet of swarming enemy fighters and a hail of anti-aircraft fire. Of the fourteen torpedo planes that took off from the Enterprise that morning, only four survived the attack. His citation reads, in part: "...for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy... Ensign Hodges pressed home his attack with relentless determination in the face of a terrific barrage of anti-aircraft fire. The unprecedented conditions under which his squadron launched its offensive were so exceptional that it is highly improbable the occasion may ever recur where other pilots of the service will be called upon to demonstrate an equal degree of gallantry and fortitude. His extreme disregard of personal safety contributed materially to the success of our forces and his loyal conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country."

    The ensign of the Hodges would be a welcome addition for WWII, Pacific Theater, Naval Aviation and Legion of Valor collectors.

    USS Hodges Awards: American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one campaign star; World War II Victory Medal and Philippine Liberation Ribbon.

    Lt. j.g. Hodges Awards: Navy Cross; Purple Heart; Navy Presidential Unit Citation and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.

    Condition: Fair - the flag is used, worn, soiled and torn, but otherwise intact save for the upper fly corner and a tear along the bottom 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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