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    Utah Beach Flags - U.S. 48-Star Camp & Parade Flags - G Co. 357th Infantry Regt., 90th Infantry Division. The 357th Infantry Regiment was a WWI formation reactivated for WWII. Originally organized at Camp Travis, Texas, it was a component part of the 179th Brigade, assigned to the 90th Division, a Texas-Oklahoma Division nicknamed the "Tough Hombres." When the regiment was reactivated in 1942, they retained their divisional assignment. They would land at Utah Beach.

    There are two flags associated with the 357th. A wool, 48" X 80", 48-star, Schiffli embroidered, sewn stripe flag finished with a header and grommets, to which are attached large wooden rings to facilitate hoisting. The flag is marked on the obverse hoist, "M. HOBIACK HQ 90 INF. DIV. G-Co. 357 INF." and "LCI 326 (I)."

    The parade flag is a silk. 36" X 66" 48-star, Schiffli embroidered, sewn stripe flag finished with a pole hem sleeve and golden-yellow fringe on three sides. The flag is inscribed on the uppermost white stripe, in cursive, "Michael Hobiack, Asst. Gunner, 357 Inf, Mortar, Normandy."

    By repute, one of these flags, perhaps both, were carried ashore by Pvt. Michael Hobiack who had wrapped them around his body under his uniform jacket. Company G landed at Utah Beach under fire and the mortar section was hit by enemy fire. Pvt. Hobiack was evacuated and one or both flags were discovered at the aid station. He was hospitalized for 3 months until he returned to the states. The flags were donated to the Rungee Collection in 1956.

    What can be documented is that the 357th Division landed at Utah Beach and that one of the landing craft at Utah Beach was the LCI-326. The first elements of the 357th landed on June 6 and 7 with the bulk of the Regiment landing on D-Day+2.

    These flags would be a great addition to a collection of Utah Beach, Normandy, or D-Day landing craft artifacts.

    The WWII campaign credits and decorations of the 357th Regiment are: The Europe-Africa-Middle Campaign Medal with five campaign stars, the WWII Victory Medal, and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm.

    Condition: The wool flag is in good condition. It is used and worn with small holes, but otherwise intact. The silk parade flag is in good condition. It is used, worn, and soiled, 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.


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    June, 2020
    6th Saturday
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