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    Pearl Harbor Ship - USS San Francisco (CA-38) Private Purchase Flag.
    The USS San Francisco (CA-38), commissioned in 1934, was a New Orleans-class heavy cruiser and the second US Navy ship named after the city of San Francisco, California. She was respectively nicknamed the Frisco. Her wartime activities are too numerous to chronicle here. She was a Pearl Harbor survivor and ship that went immediately to war on convoy duty and shore bombardment in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands before heading to support the operations in the Solomon Islands against Guadalcanal. During the Guadalcanal Campaign she participated for six months in screening, escort and surface combat; and it was for her gallantry in the latter, during the 12-15 November 1942 Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, that she earned her Presidential Unit Citation. She was struck multiple times suffering the loss of eighty crewman and over a hundred wounded, but remained afloat. After repairs, the Frisco returned to duty serving with continued distinction for the rest of the war, participating in almost every significant action in the Pacific Theater. Her crew earned four Medals of Honor, thirty-two Navy Crosses, twenty-one silver stars and one bronze star.

    The WWII Awards: US Navy Presidential Unit Citation (PUC); Navy China Service Medal; American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with seventeen campaign stars; World War II Victory Medal; Navy World War II Occupation Medal with ASIA Clasp and Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.

    The San Francisco was the third most decorated US ship of World War II (The USS Enterprise was first and the USS San Diego was second.). She received her PUC for Guadalcanal. For the same action, three members of her crew were awarded the Medal of Honor: Lieutenant Commander Herbert E. Schonland, Lieutenant Commander Bruce McCandless, and Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Reinhardt J. Keppler (posthumous). Admiral Callaghan was also awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumous). Her bridge wings, damaged during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal and removed during repairs, are now mounted on a promontory in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The USS San Francisco also had the distinction of having no less than fifteen ships named for her fallen crew members.

    This is a 27" X 60" US 48-star flag with a dye-printed cotton sheeting canton, joined to a sheeting striped field and finished with heading and grommets. It is marked on the reverse hoist: "USS San Francisco (CA-38)." This flag was likely a private purchase flag of a crewman as it is made of a fabric and in a size not issued to the US Navy. Note the orientation of the stars, one point of each star is oriented directly to the hoist. This flag was likely intended to be displayed vertically, and was likely used as décor aboard the Frisco.

    The flag is in Fair condition - it is used, worn, soiled and dehydrated with some fractures and small holes.

    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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    Auction Dates
    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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