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    She Sank Six Submarines in Twelve Days

    USS England (DD-635).
    USS England (DE-635), a Buckley-class destroyer escort, commissioned in December 1943, was named in honor of Ensign John C. England (1920-1941), who was killed in action aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. The England's sinking of six Japanese submarines in twelve days is a feat unparalleled in the history of antisubmarine warfare.

    The ensign of the England is a 36" x 60" wool bunting, 48-star, double appliqué, sewn stripe flag finished with a header and wartime grey metal grommets. It is marked on the upper obverse hoist "USS England".

    The England arrived at Espiritu Santo, in the New Hebrides in March of 1944 and took up escort, patrol and screening duty between Espiritu Santo and Guadalcanal. Between 19 May and 27 May 1944, the England had the benefit of her training, skill, location, technology, accurate naval intelligence and incredibly good luck to engage and sink the I-16; RO-106; RO-104; RO-106; RO-108 and the RO-105 submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy. This feat of anti-submarine warfare performance was never matched in World War II and won for England a Presidential Unit Citation and the assurance from the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral E. J. King: "There'll always be an England in the United States Navy." For the rest of 1944 and in early 1945, England continued her patrol, convoy escort and screening duties until she joined the Okinawa Campaign. On 9 May 1945, while on station, England was attacked by three Japanese kamikazes, killing 37 and wounding 25 and setting the ship ablaze and ending her active combat career. Emergency repairs got her to a ship yard, but the end of the war halted the repairs and she was decommissioned. This flag is a piece for a destroyer, naval war in the Pacific or WWII collector.

    For her WWII service, the USS England was awarded; Navy Presidential Unit Citation; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with ten campaign stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

    The ensign of the England is in Good condition - used, worn, soiled and repaired with several small holes, but otherwise complete.

    NOTE: There currently is no USS England in the U.S. Navy.

    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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