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    Present at Pearl Harbor

    USS Maryland (BB-46), known as "Fighting Mary".
    The USS Maryland was a Colorado-class battleship launched March 20, 1920. On December 7, 1941 she was moored at Battleship Row alongside the USS Oklahoma. Though her berth mate was sunk during the Japanese attack, she survived despite being damaged by two bombs.

    The flag is an approximately 56" X 96" machine-sewn bunting flag, finished with a canvas duck heading and two galvanized metal ring staples fastened with three rivets typical of WWII U.S Military Quartermaster issue outdoor flags. It is marked, in ink, "USS Maryland (BB-46)" and "31 Kamikaze down".

    USS Maryland (BB-46), commissioned in 1921, was affectionately known as "Old Mary" or "Fighting Mary" to her crewmates and was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the seventh state. The Maryland earned her sobriquet "Fighting Mary" as the first of the ships damaged at Pearl Harbor to return to the fleet. First in support of the Battle of Midway; then patrolling Fiji; The Battle of Tarawa; service in the Gilberts; the Battle of Kwajalein Atoll and the Battle of Saipan where she was damaged by a torpedo. After repairs, she went to the Solomons, participated in the bombardment of Peleliu and was engaged in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, after which she was damaged by a kamikaze.

    In 1945, she was able to rejoin the fleet and serve in the Battle for Okinawa, where she was damaged by yet another kamikaze which effectively ended her wartime career. The "Fighting Mary" gave as well as got, as she claimed downing 31 kamikaze aircraft.

    The ensign would be fitting in a Pearl Harbor, WWII, battleship, or a War in the Pacific collection.

    WWII Awards of the USS Maryland: American Defense Service Medal with "FLEET" clasp; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with seven campaign stars and World War II Victory Medal.

    Condition: Good - used, worn, soiled with a frayed fly end which exhibits shipboard repairs.

    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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