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    Two Flag Lot - "USS Texas(BB- 35) Ensign and Jack "Flagship of the Texas Navy." Few names evoke the imagination like Texas. First a province of Spain, then Mexico, and finally an independent republic before being admitted to the Union as the 28th state, the history of Texas is considerable. So too, with the storied USS Texas (BB-35), the second ship of the US Navy to be named for the Lone Star State. She was already a veteran ship before WWII, having served during the Mexican Intervention and WWI. The Texas was on neutrality patrol at the commencement of WWII and went immediately into action patrolling the waters off Iceland.

    The ensign of the Texas is an approximately 72" X 102", wool bunting, 48-star, double applique sewn stripe flag finished with a canvas header and two grommets. The flag is marked on the upper obverse hoist, "? MIGHTY T" and "USS TEXAS."

    The Texas' jack is a 54" X 81", wool bunting, 48-star double applique flag finished with a roped header with a ring at the upper hoist. Presumably, a leadline and snap have been removed from the bottom. The jack is marked on the obverse, "USS TEXAS" and on the reverse, "UNION JACK."

    The Texas patrolled the North Atlantic for German surface raiders and was a convoy escort before her first combat assignment, Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa. Her next assignment was during the Battle of the Atlantic where she provided critical escort duty until preparation began for Operation Neptune, the naval component of the Invasion of Europe.

    On June 6, 1944, Texas was a part of the Western Task Force. Assigned to support the Rangers assaulting Pointe du Hoc by shelling the German emplacements at on the extreme east of Omaha Beach, she continued to shell the bluffs overlooking Omaha Beach all morning, closing to within 3,000 yards in order to fire her guns to maximum effect in support of the landings which were in danger of foundering.

    On the morning of June 7th, Texas received word that the Ranger battalion at Pointe Du Hoc was still isolated from the rest of the invasion force. Texas sent provisions and ammunition for the Rangers. The returning craft evacuated wounded Rangers and prisoners to the Texas. On June 8th, she returned to Plymouth to re-provision then returned to participate in the Battle of Cherbourg where she was slightly damaged by shell fire. After repairs, she sailed to the Mediterranean for Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France.

    In the fall of 1944, she sailed to New York for a refit before transiting to the Pacific where her first combat operation was to bombard Iwo Jima before going on to shell Okinawa before re-provisioning in the Philippines, where she was when the Japanese capitulated. She participated in occupation duties and then made three trips for Operation Magic Carpet, the repatriation of American servicemen.

    After the war, Texas was given over the State of Texas to become the first American permanent memorial and museum ship and was commissioned as the "Flagship of the Texas Navy."

    An ensign and jack attributed to the same warship rarely come to auction.

    The awards of the USS Texas include: Mexican Service Medal, World War I Victory Medal with two campaign stars, American Defense Service Medal with "A" device, American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 campaign stars, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 campaign stars, World War II Victory Medal, and Navy Occupation Service Medal with "ASIA" clasp.

    Condition: The Texas ensign is in good condition. It is used, worn, and soiled with a few small holes in the canton but otherwise complete. The jack is in fair condition. It is used worn, soiled with holes throughout and some fabric loss in the lower fly corner.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2020
    6th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
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