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    USS Silversides (SS-236).
    USS Silversides (SS-236) is a Gato-class submarine commissioned in 1941. She the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the silversides. She was one of the most successful submarines in the Pacific Theater, 3rd in number of ships sunk and 5th in total tonnage. Silversides has the most prolific combat record of any still-extant American submarine.

    The Silversides ensign is a 42" X 65" 48-Star, double appliqué, bunting flag finished with a header and grommets. It is marked on the upper obverse hoist "USS Silversides SS-236".

    The USS Silversides made a remarkable fourteen war patrols in WWII. Her record is one of the most colorful in the Pacific Theater. Her conning tower is painted with her wartime claims of 7 warships and 23 merchant ships sunk and 4 warships and 10 merchant ships damaged. The Joint Army-Navy Assessment Committee (JANAC) confirmed an official tally of 23 ships sunk and a total tonnage of 90,080. They disallowed any vessel under 500 tons and awarded no credit for partials and unconfirmed attacks.

    On her first patrol, the Silversides made a torpedo run in enemy coastal waters and her periscope became entangled in Japanese fishnets marked with Japanese flags, thus becoming the only American submarine to attack while displaying a Japanese flag!
    On her fourth patrol, submarine pharmacist's mate 1st-class Thomas Moore performed a successful emergency appendectomy while under a depth charge attack, using surgical instruments fashioned for galley utensils. Her log contains the following on her fifth patrol: "Proceeded on surface toward assigned position. On the 28th a frigate bird made a high-level bombing attack, scoring a direct hit on the bare head and beard of the OOD, Lt. Bienia. No indication by radar prior to attack."
    On her 14th and final patrol she was fortunate enough to rescue two downed pilots in two separate instances. After the war the Silversides became a museum ship in Michigan. This is an opportunity to acquire an ensign from one of WWII's most storied submarines, appropriate for any WWII, submarine or naval war collector.

    For her service in WWII, the USS Silversides' awards include: the Combat Action Ribbon; the Navy Presidential Unit Citation; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with twelve campaign stars; World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal.

    The ensign of the Silversides is in Good to Fair condition - used, soiled, worn and torn with frayed fly corners and several holes, but otherwise complete.

    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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