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    Pearl Harbor Survivor - USS Cassin (DD-372). USS Cassin (DD-372) was commissioned in 1935. She was a Mahan-class destroyer and was the second ship named for Capt. Stephen Cassin (1783 - 1857), who served in the Quasi War with France, the War of 1812, and the 2nd Barbary War. Cassin spent her pre-war career homeported at Pearl Harbor with the Pacific Fleet.

    The ensign of the Cassin is a cotton, 36" X 60", 48-star, dye printed starfield, sewn stripe flag finished with a header and grommets. The flag has a maker's mark of the Valley Forge Flag company on the upper obverse hoist and is inscribed on the upper reverse hoist, "USS CASSIN (DD 372)." The Pearl Harbor ensign of the Cassin is on display in the Jerry Falwell Library on the campus of Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. This ensign dates from her later war service.

    On December 7, 1941 the destroyers USS Cassin, the USS Downes, and the battleship USS Pennsylvania were all in Dry dock #1 at Pearl Harbor; one of the largest and most modern in the world and a focus of special attention of the attacking Japanese aviators. A bomb landed between the two destroyers starting an oil fire from ruptured fuel tanks. Despite the raging fires and the heavy enemy strafing, both destroyers got their batteries into action. In an attempt to quench the fire, the order was given to flood Dry dock #1. Instead of quenching the inferno, the burning oil rose with the water and engulfed both ships and spread to the Pennsylvania's bow. When the ammunition and torpedoes began to explode, both destroyers were abandoned. The Cassin slipped her keel blocks and came to rest against the Downes. Severely damaged, both ships would be almost completely rebuilt.

    Cassin was recommissioned in February 1944 and rejoined the fleet in April. She was assigned escort, convoy screening, and shore bombardment duties, serving at Majuro, Aguijan, Tinian, Saipan, and at the Leyte landings. Her next assignment was Iwo Jima where she shelled enemy positions before escorting hospital ships to Guam. She returned to Iwo Jima for radar picket air-sea rescue duty which she would perform until the end of the war. She was decommissioned in December of 1945.

    The Cassin's ensign represents an opportunity for a collector of Pearl Harbor, WWII, destroyer or war in the Pacific artifacts.

    During WWII, the Cassin was awarded: American Defense Medal with Fleet clasp, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with six campaign stars, the American Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

    Condition: The flag is in good condition. It is used, worn, soiled and stained with three tears in the fly edge, 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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