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    USS Bennington (CV-20) US National Ensign #9.
    USS Bennington was one of 24 workhorse Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She was the second US Navy ship to bear the name of the 16 August 1777 Battle of Bennington (Vermont) fought during the Revolutionary War. The battle was an American victory and a major strategic success and is considered a turning point of the American Revolution.

    This is a cotton 48-star US Navy Size 9 Ensign (approximately 42.2" X 80.2"). It has a white canvas heading and is finished with four brass grommets. The flag is marked "USS BENNINGTON Valley Forge Flag Co. Inc. U.S. National Ensign No.9 3.52 X 6.69 Stock No CS-F 4035".

    The Bennington was commissioned in August of 1944 and, after a month-long transit to the Pacific, she joined the Fifth Fleet. Sortieing out of Ulithi Atoll in the Caroline Islands, her planes attacked the Japanese home islands and Okinawa. In the spring of 1945, she participated in the actions against the battleship Yamato, light cruiser Yahagi, and four destroyers, sinking them all. In June of 1945 she was damaged in a typhoon and retired to the Philippines for repairs before rejoining the fleet to continue aerial raids on the Japanese home islands and operations in the western Pacific. On September 2nd, her planes participated in the mass flight over the USS Missouri and Tokyo during the surrender ceremonies. After the war, she was placed in reserve, reincarnated as an anti-submarine carrier and served in the Vietnam War.

    The WWII Awards of the USS Bennington: American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three campaign stars; World War II Victory Medal and Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" and "Europe" clasps).

    Condition: Good - the flag is used, worn and soiled, but otherwise intact.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information, along with a 1954 letter of authentication and transmittal from Captain W. F. Raborn, commanding officer of the Bennington.

    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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    14th Saturday
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