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    USS Boston (CA-69) 49 Star US Ensign - 4 July 1959 - 4 July 1960. USS Boston (CA-69), was a WWII Baltimore-class heavy cruiser. She was the sixth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Commissioned in 1943, she served in the Pacific Theater. She was decommissioned in 1946, recommissioned in 1955, and redesignated USS Boston (CAG-1), the first of a new class of guided-missile cruisers.

    The ensign of the Boston is a 60" X 114", nylon, 49-star, double applique, sewn stripe flag finished with a roped header and a top ring and bottom lead line and snap. The ensign is marked on the lower obverse hoist, "USS Boston" and "49?Alaska." On the reverse hoist is the makers mark, "SIZE 7, FLAG, NATIONAL, U.S.A., P.Q.M.D. MFG DIV." and "BOSTON CAG-1."

    The Boston arrived at Pearl Harbor in December of 1943 in time to participate in the Marshall Islands campaign for the invasions of Kwajalein, Majuro, and of Eniwetok. She then supported the assaults in the Western Carolines, Truk, Saipan, the Bonin Islands, and the Battle of the Philippine Sea. She then helped liberate Guam, Palau, Yap and the Philippines. She was at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, raided the China coast, and bombarded Japan before a return to the US for an overhaul. The Boston returned to Pearl Harbor in mid-summer in time for additional bombardment of Japan. After the cessation of hostilities, she remained in Asia for occupation duty. She was decommissioned in 1946.

    In 1952, the Boston was not recommissioned for service during the Korean War, but was selected for modernization and conversion to carry guided missiles and was reclassified CAG-1. In 1955, she started missile tests and fleet exercises along the Atlantic Seaboard before departing for the Mediterranean, returning to the US in 1957. She conducted a midshipmen's cruise and participated in NATO exercises before an overhaul. She departed again to the Mediterranean for service with the 6th Fleet; often serving as the flagship. It was during this deployment that this flag was broken aboard the USS Boston. It was only current for one year, being replaced with a 50-star ensign in 1960. The Boston would go on to serve in the Vietnam War before being decommissioned in 1970.

    A 49-star, government made ensigns rarely come to auction. Only official for one year, they were not manufactured in large quantities. This flag is an opportunity for a USS Boston, US Navy, early Cold War, or a 49-star flag collector.

    The decorations of the USS Boston include: Combat Action Ribbon (2), Navy Unit Commendation (3), Navy Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with ten campaign stars, World War II Victory, World War II Occupation Medal with ASIA Clasp, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with five campaign stars, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Republic Of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Republic Of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal Unit Citation, Philippine Liberation Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

    Condition: The 49-star ensign of the Boston is in good to excellent condition. It is used and worn, 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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