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    USS Saratoga (CV-3).
    USS Saratoga (CV-3) was a Lexington-class "fast" aircraft carrier, originally laid down as a battleship. She was converted after construction began and was commissioned in 1927. She was the fifth US warship to bear the name of the Battle of Saratoga. In 1777, a British Army led by General John Burgoyne surrendered at Saratoga, New York to American troops under General Horatio Gates. This was the first significant American military victory during the Revolutionary War and induced France to recognize the independence of the United States and enter the war as America's ally. Saratoga and Lexington were instrumental in the development of US carrier tactics in the inter-war period. Saratoga, Enterprise and Ranger were the only pre-war carriers to survive WWII.

    The ensign of the Saratoga is a Dettra brand bunting flag measuring approximately 60" X 81" (size of remaining flag - likely a USN Size 8 when intact) with 48 double appliqué stars and sewn stripes finished with white metal wartime grommets. The flag has a maker's mark on the upper obverse hoist and "Saratoga CV3" on the reverse.

    She was off the California Coast on 7 December 1941 and sailed for Pearl Harbor the next day and was patrolling off Midway by the end of the month. She was struck by a torpedo in early 1942 and returned to the states for repairs and modernization, returning in time for the Guadalcanal campaign and the Battle of the Eastern Solomons where her aircraft sank the light carrier Ryujo. She was torpedoed again in September, but returned to the fray after repairs. With the withdrawal of the carrier Enterprise in early May, Saratoga became the only operational American fleet carrier in the South Pacific. She supported Allied forces involved in the New Georgia Campaign and invasion of Bougainville in the northern Solomon Islands and her aircraft attacked the Japanese base at Rabaul before she underwent an overhaul and anti-aircraft augmentation. She was back at Pearl Harbor in early 1944 and her aircraft provided air support during the Gilbert and Marshall Islands Campaign before she was transferred to the Indian Ocean for several months to support the British Eastern Fleet as it attacked targets in Java and Sumatra. In mid-1944, she returned to the States for another refit and was back at Pearl in the fall where she carried out carrier qualification and other training for the rest of the year.
    In 1945, she participated in the Iwo Jima campaign as part of the night fighter task group. In late February, she was heavily damaged by three kamikazes. She was holed, set ablaze and lost over 120 crew killed and almost 200 wounded out of a compliment of 2,700. Because of the severe damage, she was sent to the States for repairs where she remained for the rest of the war. This is a flag for a carrier, naval aviation, or War in the Pacific collector.

    Saratoga's WWII awards are: American Defense Service Medal with "FLEET" clasp; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with eight campaign stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

    This flag is in Fair to Poor condition. It is used, worn, soiled, stained and severely frayed with an estimated 33% of the fly missing. The frayed ends have become knotted, indicative of continuous display under severe weather conditions.

    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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