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    D-Day Landed Flag

    29th Infantry Division Service Color - Omaha Beach.
    This flag was carried by the 29th Division during WWII, from activation in 1941, until demobilization after the war. It accompanied the 29th U.S. Infantry Division, one of the two divisions that landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day. The 29th Division's Headquarters Company landed around 15:00 hours on 6 June from USS LCI-414 and established divisional headquarters in a stone quarry about 100 yards from Omaha Beach on the road to the village of Vierville-sur-Mer, one of the divisional objectives. From there they coordinated the division's Omaha Beach attacks until 8 June before moving inland. During combat in Europe, the HQ Company of the 29th would move their headquarters 44 times as they moved across France, the Rhineland & Central Europe into Germany.

    It is a 48-star, 52" X 66" wool, U.S. Army National Service Color, with sewn stars & stripes decorated with a 2.5" hand-knotted, golden-yellow, silk fringe on three sides, finished with a pole hem sleeve and tabs. These colors were authorized for higher echelon headquarters in AR 260-10.

    On D-Day, there were well over 6,000 ships in the allied invasion armada, approximately 4,000 of which were directly involved in the landings. Each ship had an ensign. There were far fewer flags borne by land forces. While there were hundreds of regiments that participated in the Normandy landing, only a comparative handful of flags were carried by higher echelon commands - divisions and corps.

    Each of the Normandy beaches was assigned to a corps composed of divisions: Sword Beach - UK I Corps, 3rd Infantry Division and 6th Airborne Division; Juno Beach - UK I Corps, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division; Gold Beach - UK XXX Corps, 50th Infantry Division; Utah Beach - U.S. VII Corps 4th & 90th Infantry Divisions and 82nd & 101st Airborne Divisions; and Omaha Beach - U.S. V Corps, 1st & 29th Infantry Divisions. This was one of just four American divisional, national colors landed on D-Day.

    It presents an important opportunity for an advanced WWII collector or institution to have a documented divisional service color from WWII with a D-Day connection and a distinguished history.

    29th Division Awards: France - Croix de guerre 1939-1945 (with Palm); US European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Arrowhead device and three Campaign stars.

    Flag is in Good condition, used, lightly worn with several small holes.

    Provenance: 29th Infantry Division; Maryland Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Milton A. Reckord (former commander of the 29th Division).

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information, along with a 1948 transmittal letter from Major General Milton A. Rockford stating that the flag was being sent at the request of the Governor of Maryland. He further states that it was carried by the 29th Division. Rockford was the commanding officer of the Division when it entered service.

    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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