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    D-Day Landing Ship Utah Beach - USS LST-326. LST-326 was commissioned in 1943. She was a Landing Ship Tank; a purpose-built workhorse of a vessel. One of over 1,000 launched during the war, the LSTs served in all theaters of the conflict. Unlike battleships, carriers, and cruisers whose names became legend, the LST were not even accorded the privilege of a name and were known only by their hull numbers.

    The ensign of the LST-326 is a 46" X 69", 48-star, cotton, printed starfield flag with sewn stripes, and finished with a canvas header and grommets. The obverse hoist is marked, "NORMANDY OMAHA," "40 TRIPS ACROSS," "90th INF.," "USS 326 LST," and "1st FLAG ON BEACH" with an "EVERWEAR 4X6" makers mark, a trademark of the Dettra Flag Co. The markings on this flag are enigmatic. Photographic evidence places the LST-326 on both Utah and Omaha Beaches during the Normandy Campaign and it is well documented that the 90th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944. The marking referencing the "1st flag" is unexplained as well. The first flag at both Omaha and Utah Beaches are documented. It is thought that this might be reference to the 1st LST flag on the beach.

    The USS LST-326 was commissioned in February 1943 and in August was assigned a U.S. Coast Guard crew. She convoyed across the Atlantic into the Mediterranean and was assigned to Group Thirty-Two of LST Flotilla Eleven. She participated in Operation Husky and the liberation of Sicily and Operation Shingle; the landings at Anzio.

    Her specific activities on D-Day are unknown as her after action reports are unavailable for the period June 6 to 29, 1944. There is anecdotal evidence that she landed both vehicles and troops and returned to the UK with over 200 casualties on D-Day. She, like most of the LSTs at Normandy, made multiple trips to ferry men and supplies. In December of 1944, she was transferred to the Royal Navy.

    For her WWII service the LST-326 was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.

    This flag is a great candidate for a D-Day researcher who enjoys a challenge.

    Condition: The ensign of the LST-326 is in good condition. It is used, worn and soiled 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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