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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 September 4, 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 48" X 72", wool bunting, 48-star, double applique, sewn stripe flag, "Sterling" brand flag, finished with heading and grommets. The flag is marked on the reverse hoist, "USS Levy 133."

    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 and shore bombardment duties for the remaining Japanese garrisons in the Marshall Islands until August.

    Mid-Summer of 1945 was the pinnacle of the USS Levy's career. On August 18th 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 unarmed staff came alongside the Levy and were taken aboard without honors. They were 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 December 21,1941. After all were seated aboard the Levy, Brigadier General L.H.M. Sanderson, USMC, formally accepted the surrender and Col. 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 warzone for the West Coast.

    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.

    An ensign from the Levy is a rare opportunity for a collector of the Pacific War, the USMC, WWII, Wake Island, or DE collectors.

    Condition: The Levy ensign is in good condition. It is used, worn, and soiled with numerous small holes throughout, 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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