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    Normandy Command Ship USS Augusta (CL/CA-31).
    USS Augusta (CL/CA-31) was a Northampton-class cruiser, commissioned in 1931. She was named for the city of Augusta, Georgia. She was a flagship or headquarters ship for most of her career. As a Presidential Flagship, she hosted both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. She was the command ship for Operation Torch, Operation Overlord and Operation Dragoon.

    The ensign of the USS Augusta is a 66" x 109" Dettra Bulldog brand, cotton bunting, double appliqué sewn stripe flag, finished with a header and grommets. There is a maker's mark on the upper obverse hoist. The reverse is marked "USS Augusta".

    On the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941, the Augusta was the flag ship of the US Atlantic Fleet. She sortied into the Caribbean before going into the New York Navy Yard for a refit. She spent most of 1942 along the Atlantic Seaboard until October when she sailed for North Africa as the flagship for the Western Task Force to be the flag and command ship for Operation Torch. Also aboard was General Patton who directed the assault from the Augusta.
    On station off Casablanca, Augusta continued with various Moroccan and Atlantic Duties until returning to the States in February 1943 to resume trainings, patrols and trans-Atlantic convoy duty, during which she escorted the RMS Queen Mary until she put into Boston for a refit before returning to Europe. She became the flagship of Rear Admiral Alan Kirk and was inspected by King George VI while preparing for Operation Neptune, the naval component of Operation Overlord, the Normandy Invasion. At Normandy, Augusta served as both Admiral Kirk's Flagship for the Western Task Force and the command ship for General Omar Bradley's First Army, from where he directed the assault landings. She stood off the Normandy coast the morning of 6 June and fired her first salvos in support of the landings against enemy shore batteries. General Omar Bradley directed the landings at Omaha and Utah beaches from Augusta until he disembarked on 10 June when he moved his headquarters ashore. Augusta remained in station until July when she sailed for the Mediterranean to prepare for Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France. After again serving as the flagship and supporting the landings with shore bombardment, she detached and convoyed back to the States for a major overhaul and duties along the Atlantic seaboard. She half-masted her colors for one month on the death of FDR. Later she would serve as a Presidential Flagship for Harry Truman to carry him on the first leg to the Potsdam Conference. President Truman was on the Augusta when he received the reports regarding the bombing of Hiroshima. After the war, Augusta participated in Operation Magic Carpet, the return of US serviceman to the States. This flag represents perhaps a unique opportunity for a D-Day, WWII, Naval War in the Atlantic collector to acquire an ensign from a unique ship.

    For service during WWII, and before, the USS Augusta was awarded: the Navy Combat Action Ribbon; Navy China Service Medal; American Defense Service Medal with FLEET Clasp; American Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle East Campaign Medal with three campaign stars; World War II Victory Medal and the Navy World War II Occupation Medal with EUROPE Clasp.

    This ensign is in Good Condition - used, worn and torn. It is frayed at the top fly corner and has four horizontal tears along the hoist edge, but is 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 and a categorization of the collection.


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