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    Participated in D-Day

    USS Texas(BB- 35) - "Flagship of the Texas Navy".
    Few names evoke the imagination like "Texas", first a province of Spain, then Mexico and finally an independent republic before being admitted to the Union as the 28th state. The history of Texas is considerable. So too with the storied USS Texas (BB-35), the second ship of the US Navy to be named for the Lone Star State. She was already a veteran ship before WWII, having served during the Mexican Intervention and WWI. The Texas was on neutrality patrol at the commencement of WWII and went immediately into action patrolling the waters off Iceland.

    The ensign of the Texas is an approximately 84" X 126" 48-star Annin Defiance-brand cotton bunting flag with sewn stars & stripes and is finished with a roped canvas header and two rope loops at each hoist end. The flag is marked on the upper hoist obverse. "BB-35 USS Texas" and bears a faded but recognizable maker's mark.

    The Texas patrolled the North Atlantic for German surface raiders and was a convoy escort before her first combat assignment, Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa. Her next assignment was during the Battle of the Atlantic where she provided critical escort duty until preparation began for Operation Neptune, the naval component of the invasion of Europe.

    On 6 June 1944, Texas was a part of the Western Task Force. Assigned to support the Rangers assaulting Pointe du Hoc by shelling the German emplacements at the extreme east of Omaha Beach, she continued to shell the bluffs overlooking Omaha Beach all morning, closing to within 3,000 yards in order to fire her guns to maximum effect in support of the landings, which were in danger of foundering.
    On the morning of 7 June, Texas received word that the Ranger battalion at Pointe Du Hoc was still isolated from the rest of the invasion force. Texas sent provisions and ammunition for the Rangers. The returning craft evacuated wounded Rangers and prisoners to the Texas. On June 8th she returned to Plymouth to reprovision and came back to participate in the Battle of Cherbourg where she was slightly damaged by shell fire. After repairs she sailed to the Mediterranean for Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France. In the fall of 1944, the Texas sailed to New York for a refit before transiting to the Pacific, where her first combat operation was to bombard Iwo Jima before going on to shell Okinawa; then on to reprovisioning in the Philippines, where she was when the Japanese capitulated. She participated in occupation duties and then made three trips for Operation Magic Carpet - the repatriation of American servicemen.
    After the war Texas was given over the State of Texas to become the first American permanent memorial and museum ship, and was commissioned as the "Flagship of the Texas Navy."

    This flag would be appropriate for any WWII collector interested in the War in the Atlantic, D-Day, Omaha Beach, the War in the Pacific and in Texas history.

    The awards of the USS Texas include: Mexican Service Medal; World War I Victory Medal; American Defense Service Medal with "A" device; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two campaign stars; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three campaign stars; World War II Victory Medal and Navy Occupation Service Medal with "ASIA" clasp.

    The flag is in good condition - used, worn and soiled with a few small holes, 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.

    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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