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    WWI 16th Infantry Regiment July 4, 1917 Paris March 48-Star Parade Flag.
    Approximately 60 x 96-inches and 36 x 60-inches. One example, marked in ink "[illegible] mach [sic] through / Paris July 4- / 1917 / Second Battle." The 16th Infantry Regiment became part of the new 1st Expeditionary Division, soon to become known as the "Big Red One." The division sailed from Hoboken, New Jersey, and landed at St. Nazaire, France, near the end of June, 1917. It was one of the first four American regiments to arrive on French soil in World War I. Soon after the regiment's arrival, the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry was selected to show the flag and parade through Paris on the 4th of July 1917. The battalion conducted a five-mile march through the streets of the city to Picpus Cemetery where General John J. Pershing and the other Americans in attendance paid homage at the tomb of the Marquis de Lafayette, hero of the American Revolution, and declared, "Lafayette, we are here!" The regiment fought in numerous engagement during WWI. It sustained 1,037 soldiers killed in action or mortally wounded, and 3,389 wounded. In addition to the 7 campaign streamers earned by the regiment and the 2 Croix de Guerre granted by the French government, its soldiers were awarded at least 97 Distinguished Service Crosses.

    Condition: Silk. Machine-sewn stars and stripes. Some light staining, otherwise very good.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.


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