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    Normandy, D-Day Utah Beach Flagship - USS Bayfield (APA-33). USS Bayfield (APA-33), commissioned in 1943, was originally laid down as the transport ship SS Sea Bass, but was redesignated as an attack transport and the lead ship of her class. She was named for Bayfield County, Wisconsin, which was derived from the town of Bayfield which honors Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield, a British Royal Topographic Engineer who explored and mapped the region.

    The US navy size 6 ensign of the Bayfield is a 101" X 204", bunting, 48-star, double applique, sewn stripe flag finished with a rope header and a ring, the bottom lead line and snap are missing. An additional roped heading with two snaps has been added to the top edge of the flag to facilitate horizontal display. The flag is marked on the upper obverse hoist, "VALLEY FORGE FLAG CO. U.S. ENSIGN No. 6" and on the horizontal header, "USS BAYFFIELD APA33."

    In February 1944, Bayfield departed for Europe. She immediately began training for the invasion at Normandy. She was made flagship of Force "U", the command and control ship for Utah Beach. She transported elements of the 8th Infantry Regiment and the 87th Chemical Battalion of the 4th Infantry Division, as well as their vehicles and cargo. By dawn June 6th, she had disembarked all of her troops and material and was off Utah Beach directing operations, receiving POWs, and serving as a hospital ship. She would remain off the French coast until June 25th. Perhaps her most famous crewman was Gunner's Mate Lawrence Peter Berra, better known in the world of baseball as the catcher Yogi Berra.

    After Normandy, Bayfield was sent to the Mediterranean for Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France, before she was sent to the States for transfer to the Pacific. She arrived at Pearl Harbor in November and prepared for amphibious operations in the Pacific, reprising her role as a flagship at both Iwo Jima and Okinawa, before steaming to California for a refit. After the cessation of hostilities, she participated in occupation duties and Operation Magic Carpet, the return of US Servicemen. She next served at "Operation Crossroads", the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. She would also serve in Korea and Vietnam.

    For her WWII service, the USS Bayfield was awarded: China Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with who campaign stars, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, World War II Victory Medal, and the Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia clasp.

    Condition: The ensign of the Bayfield is in good condition. It is used worn and soiled with a few small holes, 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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