A 48-Star Ensign flown both on the Salerno Invasion of Sicily, and on D-day On the Normandy beaches  from USS LST-2 "Dirty Duece," salerno, September 9, 1943 and D-day June 6, 1944 Flag: 61 x 39in (155 x 99cm); photos: 8 x 10in (20 x 25cm)

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A 48-Star Ensign flown both on the Salerno Invasion of Sicily, and on D-day On the Normandy beaches from USS LST-2 "Dirty Duece," salerno, September 9, 1943 and D-day June 6, 1944
Flag: 61 x 39in (155 x 99cm); photos: 8 x 10in (20 x 25cm)

US$ 15,000 - 20,000
£ 12,000 - 16,000
A 48-Star Ensign flown both on the Salerno Invasion of Sicily, and on D-day On the Normandy beaches from USS LST-2 "Dirty Duece," salerno, September 9, 1943 and D-day June 6, 1944
A heavy cotton US flag, with white hoist and four brass grommets, sold together with;
Two black and white photographs of British infantry disembarking from LST-2 while the ship's crew prepare equipment, with a label pasted overleaf reading "USS LST-2 SALERNO, ITALY SEPT. 9, 1943"; and a black and white photograph of LST-2 at port with flag flying from its mast, labeled on verso, "USS LST-2 ALGIERS, LOUISIANA EARLY IN 1943," together with:
An officers uniform jacket and pants, in regulation black wool, with Chief Petty Officer rank badges and a honourable discharge emblem, and two naval overshirts, one with petty Officer 1st class ranking, the other an unused plain over shirt, with label lettered in ink "A.Casanueva, Cox." The flag with some light discoloration from dirt and age, the uniform in fine condition and probably rarely used.

The USS LST-2 "Dirty Deuce" was used to ferry men, supplies and armored vehicles to the Allied beachhead at Salerno, Italy in September 1943 and later at Normandy, France from 6 June 1944. Dirty Deuce survived shelling by the German defenses at Normandy without casualties before being turned over to the British in December, 1944. Casanueva was a Chief Boatswain's Mate on LST-2, and took the flag home with him after he returned to the States in December 1944. His vessel, like so many LSTs, served in a series of invasions throughout World War II at Tangiers, Salerno, Anzio, D-Day and on Operation Dragoon, and many even went on to the Pacific to carry out the Okinawa Invasion. They were the workhorses of the US and British Navies, built in the US or Britain from late 1942 onwards. Hundreds were damaged or did not survive the landings, but LST-2 obviously saw some fierce action both in Salerno and D-Day. LST-2 was built in Pittsburgh, launched in September 1942, saw action in Europe, February 1943 to November 1944, passed to the British Eastern Mediterranean Fleet and finally returned to the States in April 1946. Boatswain Casanueva, was rightly proud of his service in the war, and prized this flag all his life.
Flag: 61 x 39in (155 x 99cm); photos: 8 x 10in (20 x 25cm)
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A 48-Star Ensign flown both on the Salerno Invasion of Sicily, and on D-day On the Normandy beaches  from USS LST-2 "Dirty Duece," salerno, September 9, 1943 and D-day June 6, 1944 Flag: 61 x 39in (155 x 99cm); photos: 8 x 10in (20 x 25cm)
A 48-Star Ensign flown both on the Salerno Invasion of Sicily, and on D-day On the Normandy beaches  from USS LST-2 "Dirty Duece," salerno, September 9, 1943 and D-day June 6, 1944 Flag: 61 x 39in (155 x 99cm); photos: 8 x 10in (20 x 25cm)
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