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    Normandy Assault Ship - Omaha Beach - USS LST-286.

    The USS LST-286 was commissioned in December of 1943. She was a tank landing ship developed to support amphibious operations by carrying tanks, vehicles, cargo and landing troops directly onto shore with no docks or piers, thus enabling amphibious assaults on almost any beach. The bow of the LST had a large door that would open with a ramp for unloading the vehicles. The LST had a special flat keel that allowed the ship to be beached and stay upright.

    The ensign of the LST-286 is a 43" x 69" Stilz "Dixie Bunting" brand cotton bunting 48-star double appliqué, sewn-stripe flag finished with a canvas header and white metal wartime grommets. The flag is marked "LST 286 EASY RED" and stenciled, "STILZ DIXIE BUNTING PHILA PA 4 x 6 FT".

    After arriving in Europe, the LST-286 was assigned to Operation Neptune, the naval component of Operation Overlord, the invasion of France. She was tasked with landing the troops and equipment of the 5th Special Engineer Brigade and the 16th Infantry of the 2nd Division. After landing her troops, she received casualties and returned to England with over 850 wounded. LST-286's next assignment was Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France where again she successfully transported and landed troops and their vehicles before she was sent to the Pacific where she engaged in occupation duties. This is an opportunity for a D-Day, Normandy or WWII Naval War collector.

    During WWII, the USS LST-286 earned: the American Campaign Medal; Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with two campaign stars; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia clasp.

    The ensign of the LST-286 is in Good Condition - used, worn and soiled, but otherwise complete.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee.

    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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