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    USS Savannah (CL-42).
    USS Savannah (CL-42) was a pre-war light cruiser of the Brooklyn-class commissioned in 1938. She was the fourth ship named for the city of Savanah, the oldest city in Georgia. She served in the Atlantic and Mediterranean theater of operations.

    The ensign of the Savannah is a 57" X 111" cotton, double appliqué, sewn stripe flag finished with with a canvas duck heading and two galvanized metal rings fastened with three rivets, typical of WWII U.S Army Quartermaster-issue outdoor flags. The flag is marked on the upper reverse hoist "April 27 '42 and May 7 '42" and "USS Savanah (CL-42)".

    The Savannah was in New York when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and began the war patrolling the Atlantic Seaboard until she was detailed for Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa where she was assigned to the Western Task Force and the lead ship of the Northern Attack group tasked with landing General Lucien Truscott's men. During this campaign, the Savannah's scout planes innovated a new type of warfare by successfully bombing German tank columns with their anti-submarine depth charges, whose fuses had been set to detonate on impact. After North Africa, she returned to convoy and patrol duty in the South Atlantic where she rescued 72 German sailors. After a refit in New York, she sailed for Operation Husky, the Invasion of Sicily, where she provided extremely accurate and heavy shore bombardment in support of U.S. Army Rangers scaling the heights above Gela. She helped break the back of the Italian resistance and became the "the Rangers' favorite cruiser." After Sicily, she supported Operation Avalanche, the landings at Salerno, Italy. Savannah was the first ship to commence shore bombardment, again with great effect, when she was struck by a German Fritz-X radio-controlled bomb that hit her #3 turret, killing 197 of her crew. After limping to Malta for a quick refit, she sailed to the Philadelphia Navy Yard for permanent repairs and modernization. She rejoined the fleet in late 1944, but was never sent to a combat zone again, and spent the rest of the war on escort, patrol and training duties. The Savannah did escort FDR on his return trip from Yalta. This flag is suitable for a collector of WWII, naval war, war in North Africa, Sicily or Salerno artifacts.

    During WWII, the USS Savannah was awarded: the Navy Combat Action Ribbon; American Defense Service Medal with FLEET Clasp; American Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three campaign stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

    The Savannah's ensign is in Good to Fair Condition - used, worn, holed and torn the along the fly with numerous small holes along the fly edge and a severed rip in the lower hoist corner.

    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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