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    USS Levy (DE-162) Mili Atoll & Wake Island Surrender Vessel - August & September 1945.
    In a precursor to what would take place on the USS Missouri in 10 days, the USS Levy was host to the first formal surrender of Japanese territory, the historic beginning of the end of WWII. This was repeated 4 September 1945, when again, the Levy hosted a formal surrender, this time at Wake Island, a small atoll and former US possession composed of three islets - Wake, Wilkes, and Peale that were seized by the Japanese after a fierce 16-day battle with U.S. Marines.

    This ensign of the Levy is an approximately 53" x 104" bunting, 48-star double appliqué, sewn stripe flag, finished with a roped header with loops top & bottom. The flag is marked on the reverse hoist "JAPAN SURR. WAKE ILE SEPT '45". An ensign from the Levy is a rare opportunity for a collector of the Pacific War, the USMC, WWII, Wake Island or DE collectors.

    USS Levy (DE-162), a Cannon-class destroyer escort, was commissioned in 1943. She was named in honor of Commodore Uriah P. Levy, USN, the first commodore of the Jewish faith, who was instrumental in helping to end the practice of flogging as a punishment. A veteran of the war of 1812, Commodore Levy was also a real estate investor and philanthropist.

    The Levy arrived in the Pacific theatre in August of 1943 and was immediately tasked with screening and escort duties of the vital oilers. Over the next eight months, she participated in operations in the central and south Pacific. In the summer of 1944, she supported both the invasion of the Marianas and the 3rd fleet. In November, she sailed to the US west coast for a month-long refit in San Diego. She returned to the Pacific in March of 1945 and resumed her escort duties, as well as shore bombardment duties for the remaining Japanese garrisons in the Marshall Islands until August. Midsummer of 1945 was the pinnacle of the USS Levy's career. On 18 August the Levy entered the lagoon at Mili Atoll, a 92-island archipelago in the Marshall Islands, where the first Japanese formal surrender ceremony took place on her boat deck. The Japanese garrison commander, Admiral Sakaibara and his staff, without side arms, came alongside the Levy and were taken aboard, without honors, and escorted to the boat deck, where they were introduced to the American officers, among them Colonel Walter L. J. Bayler, USMC, celebrated as "the last man off Wake Island," which he had left on 21 December 1941. After all were seated aboard the Levy, Brigadier General L. H. M. Sanderson, USMC, formally accepted the surrender and Colonel Bayler was accorded the honor of being the first American to set foot on Wake Island. The terms included a formal flag-raising ashore and, as the colors reached the peak of the flag pole, the Levy commenced and completed firing a twenty-one-gun salute. After Wake, the Levy witnessed another formal surrender at Jaluit Atoll and departed the war-zone for the West Coat.

    For her service during WWII, the USS Levy was accorded the following awards: Combat Action Ribbon; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with five campaign stars and the WWII Victory Medal

    The Levy ensign is in Fair Condition - used, worn, soiled and frayed. The stripes in the lower hoist corner are splitting and there are torn holes in the field.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee.

    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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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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