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    "The most thoroughly sunk ship in the Navy!"

    USS Skipjack (SS-184) Late War Flag.
    USS Skipjack (SS-184) was a pre-war Salmon-class submarine and the second ship of the United States Navy to be so named. Commissioned in 1938, she was already in the Philippines at the outbreak of WWII and was one of the first American submarines to enter the fray.

    The ensign of the Skipjack, of late war manufacture, is an Annin Nyl-Glo brand, approximately 42" X 69" 48-star double appliqué, sewn lightweight nylon bunting flag finished with a canvas header and a top ring and a bottom lead-line and snap. The flag is marked on the obverse hoist: "Reg #9 3.52' X 6.69'" with a maker's mark and, on the upper reverse hoist, "USS Skipjack."

    When WWII started, the Skipjack was amidst a tour that took her across the Pacific, visiting Midway, Wake, Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands and Philippine Islands; she was at Cavite Naval Shipyard in the Philippine Islands when the Pearl Harbor attack took place and was thus able to start her first war patrol on 9 December 1941. Her first and second war patrols were uneventful - she fired her torpedoes but had no confirmed sinkings. On her third war patrol, under a new skipper, she made her mark and sank the Kanan Maru, the Bujun Maru and the Tazan Maru and damaged the Taiyu Maru. Her fourth patrol was spent doing photographic reconnaissance although she did damage an oiler. On her fifth war patrol, she sank the Shunko Maru and survived a depth charge attack. Skipjack's sixth, seventh, and eighth war patrols were unproductive. Her ninth patrol was her most rewarding when she attacked a Japanese convoy. She initially sighted a ship, but shifted targets when the escorting destroyer Suzukaze came into her sights. After the sinking, she renewed her attack on the convoy, sinking the Okitsu Maru. Her final war patrol, the tenth, was conducted in the Kurile Islands, during which she damaged a Japanese auxiliary and attacked a Japanese destroyer without success. On her last war patrol, the Skipjack tested new torpedoes. Her battle flag boasts one warship and ten merchant ships.

    After the war, she became a training submarine at New London, Connecticut. She was sunk on 25 Jul 1946 at Bikini Atoll during the second atomic detonation of Operation Crossroads. She was then raised in 1948 and towed to Mare Island Naval Shipyard to once again serve as a target ship, this time by aircraft rockets. Thus, she's the only US Navy vessel to have been sunk - twice! This nylon ensign is a find for a submarine, War in the Pacific or general WWII collector.

    The Skipjack's WWII awards include: American Defense Service Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with seven campaign stars and World War II Victory Medal. She sank one warship and ten merchant ships during WWII.

    This ensign is Good to Excellent condition - it 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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