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    One of the most successful submarines of the war.

    USS Spadefish (SS-411).
    USS Spadefish (SS-411), commissioned in March of 1944, was a Balao-class submarine and the first ship to be named for the spadefish. She was commissioned late in the war and spent only one year in the Pacific Theatre, but was still able to become one of the most successful submarines of the war - the 6th in tonnage and 5th in number of ships sunk.

    The ensign of the Spadefish is a 43" X 68" 48-star, printed canton, sewn stripe, sheeting flag, finished with a header and two grommets. The flag is stamped on the lower obverse hoist "4 X 6 STYLE" and marked "USS Spadefish (SS-411)".

    The Spadefish's maiden patrol was June of 1944 and her fifth, her final patrol, was in June of 1945. Her patrols took her to the Philippines, the Yellow Sea, the east China Sea and the Sea of Japan. Her battle flag claims 29 merchant and 3 warships, but her official record was revised by the Joint Army-Navy Assessment Committee to 21 ships and 88,091 tons as no credit was given for small ships of under 500 tons, none for damaged ships and none without corroboration. She was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for both her first and second war patrols, her two most successful. This is a flag for a submarine, naval war in the Pacific or WWII collector.

    For her service in the Pacific in WWII the Spadefish was awarded: the Navy Presidential Unit Citation, two awards; the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four campaign stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

    The ensign of the Spadefish is in Good to Excellent condition - used and soiled, but 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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