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    Normandy Assault Craft - Utah Beach - the 90th Div. "Tough Hombres" - USS LCI(L)-326. USS LCI(L)-326 was commissioned in February 1943 and assigned to the landings in North Africa. She was a Landing Craft Infantry, one of over 900 purpose-built "Elsie Items" that could land up to 200 fully equipped infantry. Traveling from rear bases directly to a beachhead, the LCI was the largest dedicated beachable infantry landing craft, smaller than the Landing Ship Infantry (LSI), but larger than a Higgins boat. The 326 had a U.S. Coast Guard crew.

    The ensign of the LCI(L)-326 is a cotton, 36" X 60", bunting, 48-star, screen dyed starfield, sewn stripe finished with a canvas header with two grey metal wartime grommets. It is marked on the obverse hoist, "LCI326" and "44" with an Annin Reliance brand and 3X5 size maker's mark.

    The LCI(L) 326 convoyed across the Atlantic for Operation Torch in 1943. She landed troops in Tunisia, then Sicily and again in Italy at Salerno before transiting to England to train for Operation Neptune, the maritime component of Operation Overlord, the landings in Normandy.

    She was assigned to Force U, Flotilla 10, to deliver Texans from the 359th Infantry of the 90th Division's "Tough Hombres" to Utah Beach. Her skipper, LT Samuel W. Allison, USCGR, successfully landed on D-Day, and then, realizing that a command and control craft was urgently needed, he volunteered for this duty. In the face of the chaos of the landing beach, the concentrated shell fire, and the constant threat of exploding mines, he effectively directed boat traffic throughout the remainder of the initial assault. For this he was awarded the Silver Star. In addition, the LCI(L)-326 is credited with downing an enemy bomber at Normandy. She shuttled between Normandy and England, bringing equipment and conveying German prisoners.

    After Normandy, the LCI(L)-326 returned to the states for a refit before transferring to the Pacific where she participated in the Okinawa Campaign.

    This ensign is an opportunity for a D-Day, Utah Beach, Normandy, WWII naval war, or USCG collector.

    During WWII, the USS LCI(L)-326 was awarded: The Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Coast Guard Unit Commendation, American Campaign Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with four campaign stars, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one campaign star, World War II Victory Medal, and the Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia clasp.

    Condition: This ensign 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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