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    Normandy Landing Craft - Omaha Beach - USS LCI(L)-90. The LCI(L)-90 was commissioned in 1943. She was manned by the US Coast Guard, one of over thirty vessels. She was a Landing Craft Infantry-Large, one of over 900 purpose-built "Elsie Items," that could land up to 200 fully equipped troops, traveling from either rear bases or attack transports 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. She started her service in North Africa and landed at Sicily and Salerno.

    The ensign of the LCI(L)-90 is an ANNIN Co. flag, the nation's oldest and largest flag maker, Defiance brand, cotton bunting, 32" X 54", 48-star, double applique, sewn stripe flag finished with a canvas header with too brass grommets. The flag is marked on the obverse hoist, "USS LCI-90" and incursive, "Lt. R.M. Salmon" and "CBM C. Campen" and "10" with an Annin makers mark and the size "3X5."

    On June 6, 1941, the LCI(L)-90 was part of Flotilla 10 of Force "O", tasked with landing elements of Cos. E & F of the 16th Infantry. Easy Red sector was challenging, congested, and confusing. Units were intermingled, landing craft were off course, and there was heavy enemy fire. In the midst of this, Motor Machinist's Mate 1/c William F. Trump attempted to bring some order to the chaos. He volunteered to take an anchor and a line ashore. Under heavy fire, avoiding mines, wading through a profusion of beach obstacles into shallow water, he created a safety line for the 200 troops aboard the LCI(L)-90. Trump was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry and intrepidity in action.

    The two names on this ensign are interesting, but unexplained in that neither were crewmen of the LCI(L)-90. Lt. Robert M Salmon was the skipper of the LCI(L)-326 who also was awarded the Silver Star at D-Day, and Chief Boatswain's Mate Charles Campen, also decorated at Normandy, was from the LCI(L)-92. It is speculated that they may have had a role in acquiring this ensign for the Rungee Collection.

    This is an ensign for a true D-Day collector - Omaha Beach, Easy Red Sector, and the USCG.

    For her WWII service the USS LCI(L)-90 was awarded: the 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, WWII Victory Medal, and the Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia clasp.

    Condition: This flag is in good condition. It is used worn and soiled, it 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.

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    June, 2020
    6th Saturday
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