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    Tokyo Bay 1945 Ship USS New Mexico (BB-40).
    USS New Mexico (BB-40) was commissioned in 1918, the lead ship of her class. She was the first ship named for the 47th state, New Mexico. Launched too late to participate actively in WWI, New Mexico escorted the President to the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919.

    This is a Dettra, Bulldog brand, cotton bunting, 48-star, double appliqué flag with sewn stripes, finished with a canvas header and grommets. It is marked on the upper reverse hoist: "BB-40 New Mexico."

    New Mexico's actions during World War II were neutrality patrols in the Atlantic Ocean. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, she returned to the Pacific for a refit at Puget Sound. The New Mexico proved to be a workhorse of the naval war in the Pacific. She provided escort duty in the South Pacific before being sent to the Aleutian Campaign for shore bombardment of Attu and Kiska. After that, it was on to the Gilbert Islands, Tarawa, the Marshall Islands, the Mariana and Palau Islands, Leyte, Luzon and Okinawa. These bombardments were coupled with escort and patrol duty. She was damaged by kamikazes on two occasions. The first was in January of 1945 during shore bombardment of the Philippines. She came under heavy aerial attack, one plane hit her bridge, killing her skipper, Captain Robert W. Fleming and twenty-nine others. The casualties included British Lieutenant General Herbert Lumsden, the UK representative to General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. A further 87 of her crew were wounded. New Mexico survived an even more devastating kamikaze attack in May, during the Okinawa campaign, when she was attacked by two kamikazes, killing 54 of her crew and wounding another 119. She was in Saipan for repairs when the war ended, but still sea-worthy, steaming immediately for Japan. New Mexico was present in Tokyo Bay for the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on 2 September 1945. This flag is an opportunity for an battleship, Pacific War or Japanese Surrender collector.

    During WWII, the New Mexico earned the American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with six campaign stars and World War II Victory Medal.

    The flag is in Good to Fair Condition - it is used, worn and soiled with significant loss along the frayed fly edge.

    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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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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