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    USS Iowa Ensign from FDR's Secret Trip to Tehran.
    This 48-star US ensign was displayed on the USS Iowa on the first (12 to 20 November 1943) and final (9 to 16 December 1943) segments of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1943 conferences in Cairo and Tehran. It is an approximately 94" X 125" Defiance-brand cotton flag, with sewn stars & stripes, with a canvas header and brass grommets. The flag has a maker's mark on the upper obverse hoist and is inscribed, "IOWA (BB-61) Carried President Roosevelt to Tehran."

    The USS Iowa (BB-61) was commissioned on 22 February 1943, and served in the Atlantic to counter the threat of the German battleship Tirpitz until October. She was selected to convey FDR to confer with Churchill and Stalin in order to discuss and plan opening a second front in Western Europe. Because of FDRs infirmities, an elevator was retrofitted amidships and a bathtub was installed in the Commanding Officer's in-port stateroom. The Iowa remains the only USN battleship with a bathtub.

    The USS Iowa is the fourth ship on the US Navy roster to be named for the state of Iowa. She was the lead ship of her class; her only sister ship is the USS New Jersey. After ferrying FDR, the Iowa was sent to the Pacific where she was attached to both the Third and Fifth Fleets, serving at Kwajalein and Eniwetok atolls, supported the carriers in the Marshall Islands Campaign, participated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, was at the invasion of Leyte and ended the war as the flagship of Admiral William F. Halsey's Third Fleet. She was at Tokyo Bay for the surrender of Japan. She would later serve in Korea and then again during the Cold War. The Iowa is now a museum ship in Los Angeles.
    Flags from the Iowa are rare. This flag would fit nicely into a USN, WWII battleship, diplomacy history, or a Pacific Theater collection.

    Awards: The USS Iowa's WWII awards include the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with nine service stars, World War II Victory Medal and Navy Occupation Service Medal

    Condition: The flag is used, worn, soiled and severs use is indicates by the frayed and tattered fly end.

    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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