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    USS Oakland (CL-95).
    USS Oakland (CL-95) was an Atlanta-class light cruiser (modified), commissioned in 1943 and named for the city of Oakland, California. As an "anti-aircraft" cruiser she saw extensive service in the Pacific.

    The ensign of the Oakland is a US Navy Size 7 (5.14' X 9.77') bunting flag with sewn stripes and 48 double appliqué stars finished with a roped canvas heading and a top ring and lead-line and snap. The flag is marked on the upper obverse hoist "US ENS7" and, on the upper reverse hoist, "USS Oakland CL-95".

    The Oakland arrived in Pearl Harbor in the fall of 1943 in time to link up with forces supporting Operation Galvanic, the invasion of the Gilbert and Marshall Islands. In 1944, she participated in operations against Kwajalein Atoll; the Marianas; the New Hebrides, Wake Island, Samar; New Britain; the Caroline Islands; Ponape; the "Great Turkey" shoot; Pagan Island; Iwo Jima and the Bonin Islands; Guam; Formosa; Leyte; the Philippines. During this time, she assisted in the sinking of an oiler and the destroyer Matsu, while suffering her only two casualties of the war, from enemy strafing. After a refit in early 1945, Oakland returned to the fleet in time to participate the Okinawa Campaign where she provided anti-aircraft support to various task forces. After Okinawa, she screened attacks against the home islands until the capitulation when she assumed occupation duties until detached for Operation Magic Carpet, the repatriation of US servicemen. This is a flag for a WWII, Naval War in the Pacific or cruiser collector.

    The USS Oakland's awards during WWII include: Navy Combat Action Ribbon; Navy China Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with nine campaign stars; World War II Victory Medal; Navy WW II Occupation Service Medal with ASIA Clasp; Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and Philippine Liberation Medal with three campaign stars. Additionally, despite opposing ship claims, she is officially credited with the destruction of eight enemy aircraft and an assist for seven more.

    The flag is in Good to Fair Condition - used, worn, soiled and stained with several small holes and frayed fly edge corners.

    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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    14th Saturday
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