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    USS Redfish (SS-395) Ensign.
    The USS Redfish (SS-395), a Balao-class submarine, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the redfish, a name common to several species of deep-sea and coastal fish, especially salmon. The ensign is an approximately 52" X 76" 48-star bunting flag, with sewn stars & stripes, finished with a canvas header with two brass grommets. The flag is marked, "Redfish 2 Carriers etc."

    Redfish began her brief but intense WWII wartime service in June of 1944, sinking the cargo ship Batopaha Maru, the tanker Ogura Maru on 16 September and the transport Mizuho Maru before October. Next she sank the transport Hozan Maru and in concert with the USS Sea Devil (SS-400), she heavily damaged the Japanese aircraft carrier Junyo, putting that enemy ship out of action for the remainder of the war. In December of 1944 she sank the newly built Japanese carrier Unryu. To escape, she exceeded her maximum depth, cracking her pressure hull. She then reported to Portsmouth, New Hampshire for repairs. The vessel returned to Pearl Harbor on July 1945 and remained there for the duration of the war. She would remain in service until 1968.

    In addition to her wartime exploits, the USS Redfish had a post war career in the movies. In 1954, the Redfish participated in the Walt Disney Studios Production of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, when she was fitted with a "prop" rear fin and hatch when Capt. Nemo's Nautilus' afterdeck was constructed on the Redfish's deck, allowing her to double for the surface running Nautilus in one of the most dramatic sequences in the film, when Nemo puts visitors out on the deck while the boat submerges.

    She also starred, after deck and armament modifications, as the fictional USS Nerka in the 1958 motion picture Run Silent, Run Deep, starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster. The Redfish ended her show business career on television, appearing anonymously in several episodes of the black & white series The Silent Service.

    The ensign of the Redfish is a find for collectors of submarine flags, WWII in the Pacific collectors, WWII movie buffs and Disney collectors.

    USS Redfish Awards: The Navy Presidential Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two service stars, World War II Victory Medal and Navy Occupation Service Medal.

    Condition: The ensign of the Redfish is used, worn and soiled but otherwise intact.

    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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