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    "Go for Broke" - 442nd Infantry Regiment Camp Flag. The 442nd Infantry Regiment is the most decorated unit in U.S. military history. It was created as a Regimental Combat Team (RCT), a provisional unit formed by augmenting a regular infantry regiment with its own integral armor, artillery, combat engineer, and other support units to enable it to be a self-supporting combat organization. The 442nd is best known for being composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry or Nisei, who fought in WWII. Their motto was "Go for Broke."

    This flag is Camp Flag. These flags did not comply with US Army specifications and were acquired privately and carried to war by officers and enlisted alike. Popular in all theaters of the war, they were often displayed as an unofficial and non-ceremonial flag and used by a unit, internal component formations near the position of their headquarters within a camp or other location.

    The camp flag of the 442nd is a silk 32" X 54", 48-star, Schiffli embroidered, sewn stripe flag, with a 2" golden-yellow rayon fringe on three sides and finished with a pole hem sleeve and leather tabs for attaching to a staff. The flag is inscribed at the hoist on the 4th white stripe, "442 INF 100 BATL "NISEI" PROUD USA Pres. TRUMAN." The reference to President Truman may refer to his July 15, 1946 presentation of the US Army Presidential Unit Citation to the 442nd.

    The 442nd arrived in Europe in 1943 and fought in Italy, France, and Germany. Their major campaigns were Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, Rhineland, and the Po valley. Elements of the 442nd liberated one of the satellite labors camps of Dachau and saved survivors of a death march in Bavaria.

    Items associated with the 442nd rarely come to auction. This is a flag for an advanced WWII collector of 442nd, Nisei, WWII, and War in Europe artifacts.

    During WWII the 442nd Earned the following: Army Presidential Unit Citations, five awards, American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with six campaign stars and the World War II Victory Medal. Additionally, the 442nd received 18,143 awards in less than two years, including: 21 Medals of Honor, 52 Distinguished Service Cross, 1 Distinguished Service Medal, 560 Silver Stars, 22 Legion of Merit Medals, 15 Soldier's Medals 4,000 Bronze Stars 9,486 Purple Hearts.

    Condition: The camp flag is good condition. It is used and worn, 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.

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    September, 2020
    14th-15th Monday-Tuesday
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