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    WWI, 48-Star, Personal Flag, Pvt John Rodrigues, Co. B, 26th Infantry Rgt. 1st Infantry Division, AEF. Private John Santos Rodrigues, a Portuguese born soldier from Bryte, California fought with the 26th Infantry Regiment. At the start of WWI, the 26th was stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco, CA, and was deemed to be one of four combat ready regiments. Accordingly, it was sent to France in June 1917 with the American Expeditionary Division.

    This soldier's flag is a 24" X 32", cotton, "staggered" 48-star, dye printed full flag finished with a header and grommets. The flag is inscribed on the obverse bottom white stripe, "CO B - 26th INF 1ST DIV AEF," and on the reverse hoist, "PFC J. RODRIGUES WWI 1ST DIV AEF, GASSED AT CANTIGNY." US flags bearing 48 stars are referred to as "staggered" when the rows of stars in the canton are alternately offset towards the hoist and fly respectively. They are thought to have been made between 1912 and 1916, prior to the creation of the official specifications. Rodrigues carried this personal flag.

    Rodrigues served with the 26th Infantry throughout the war in every major campaign: Montdidier-Noyon, Aisne-Marne; St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Lorraine 1917, Lorraine 1918, and Picardy 1918. May 28, 1918, he suffered a gas attack during the Battle for Cantigny. He was hospitalized during the 1918 Spring Offensive, but otherwise fought straight through the war. In 1919, he returned home on the USS Finland. After the war he settled in Clearlake, California. He gifted this flag to the Rungee Collection in 1977 with the admonition, "Keep this in Honor of Us!"

    For his service in WWI Pvt. Rodrigues received the Wound Chevron, the World War I Victory Medal with seven campaign stars, and the right to wear the cord of the French Croix de Guerre.

    Condition: The flag is in good condition. It is used, worn, soiled and stained, 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.

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