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    USS Randolph (CV-15) Ensign.
    This cotton ensign was flown by the USS Randolph (CV-15), an Essex Class carrier during her operations in the Pacific during WWII. It was named for the First President of the Continental Congress, Peyton Randolph (1721-1775). It was the second ship to bear his name.

    This 48-star cotton ensign has sewn stars & stripes and is finished with a white canvas header with two brass grommets. The flag is marked in black, "USS Randolph (CV-15) 1944-1945. Essex Cl. Carrier Iwo Jima Kamikaze - 12 down - Tokyo Targets - Jap Battleship 'Nagato' and 12 other ships. Okinawa - Sank Jap Aircraft Carrier 'Hyuga' and 25-30 Ships. C. Rungee."

    Commissioned in October 1944, the Randolph was one of the 24 Essex Class carriers. She transited to the Pacific and commenced combat air operations in February 1945 in support of the invasion of Iwo Jima while simultaneously attacking targets in Tokyo. In March she was damaged by a kamikaze at Ulithi, but was repaired and rejoined the fleet in April to renew her combat air patrols against Okinawa and the southern Japanese islands. In May, her aircraft continued their attacks against both military and industrial targets on the Japanese home islands. In July, Tokyo was targeted again, including bombing the battleship Nagato at the Yokosuka Naval Base. Continuing her attacks against Japan, at Hiroshima her planes bombed the carrier-battleship Hyuga, which eventually sank. Randolph's pilots estimated that they had destroyed 25 to 30 ships and had damaged 35 to 40 others. Her daily air strikes continued right up to the surrender. After the war, the Randolph made two trips to the Mediterranean to return US servicemen.

    This flag is from a workhorse carrier of WWII. The USS Randolph's ensign would be a welcome addition to any WWII, Naval Aviation collection.

    Awards: American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 campaign stars); World War II Victory Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal with both "Asia" and "Europe" clasps.

    Condition: The flag is used, soiled worn and is tattered and frayed along the entire 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, along with a 1951 letter of transmittal from the donor to the museum.

    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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