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    USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37).
    USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37) was a New Orleans-class cruiser of the U.S. Navy. Commissioned in 1934, she was named for Tuscaloosa, a city in Alabama founded in 1819 and in turn named for Chief Tuskaloosa, a Native American Indian of the Mississippian culture. The name translates as "Black Warrior." The Tuscaloosa led a charmed life. She was unscathed in battle, compared to her six sister ships, New Orleans, Astoria, Minneapolis, San Francisco. Quincy and Vincennes, three of which were sunk and the other three heavily damaged.

    The ensign of the Tuscaloosa is a 60" X 114" Annin High Grade brand, wool bunting, with 48 double appliqué stars and sewn stripes, finished with a header and grommets and a maker's mark on the obverse hoist, marked on the reverse "USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)".

    The USS Tuscaloosa found herself in Hvalfjörður, Iceland on 7 December 1941. She immediately sailed to the US for a refit before returning to Scapa Flow for Arctic duty with the British Home fleet. She sortied against the Tirpitz screening against submarines before sailing south for Operation Torch, the Invasion of North Africa, where she engaged in shore bombardment and convoy duty that included escorting the RMS Queen Mary back and forth across the Atlantic.
    She participated in Operation Leader, the reduction of German capabilities in Norway after which she returned to Boston for a refit and modernization. She rejoined the fleet in early 1944 and began preparations for the Normandy invasions where she was tasked with shore bombardment and supporting the attacks on Cherbourg. After Normandy, she shifted operations to the Mediterranean to prepare for Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France. After a refit at the Philadelphia Navy yard, she sailed for the Pacific in time to support the shore bombardment groups for both Iwo Jima and Okinawa. She was in the Philippines when Japan surrendered. This flag represents a charmed ship that saw service in all three theatres of operation and would enhance any WWII collection that emphasizes the Naval War and cruisers.

    During WWII, the USS Tuscaloosa was awarded: the Navy Combat Action Ribbon; Navy China Service Medal; American Defense Service Medal with FLEET Clasp; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two campaign stars; European-African-Middle Asian Campaign Medal with five campaign stars; World War II Victory Medal; Navy World War II Occupation Medal with ASIA Clasp and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.

    The flag is in Good to Fair condition - used, worn, soiled and stained with some losses in the canton and fraying at the upper and lower fly edges.

    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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