Original U.S. WWII Service Worn Red Cross Flag from Battle of Saipan Field Hospital marked to 105th Regt.
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic USGI bring back item from the Battle of Saipan, a legendary "Pacific Theater" battle! Here we have a very service worn U.S. Field Hospital flag, marked RED CROSS 6 on the header, which is now missing about 45% of the flag due to wear. It is personalized on the header to the Unit it was issued to, which brought it back from the Island:
JULY 8 1944
AID STATION FLAG
27th INF DIV
The flag is made from canvas, and is of multipiece construction, with a red cross sewn into the white canvas. The remaining portion of the flag measures 36" at the header, with a fly of 29 inches. The torn end is definitely tattered, and varies in length. We assume that it was originally 6 feet long, as marked on the header.
The 105th Infantry Regiment was part of the 27th Infantry Division, nicknamed "O'Ryan's Roughnecks" after their commander during the first world war. The first stateside division to be deployed in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the 27th Division departed Fort McClellan 14 December 1941 for California to establish blocking positions against an anticipated seaborne invasion of the United States southwestern coast. They were further transferred into the Pacific Theater of Operations and arrived in Hawaii, 21 May 1942, to defend the outer islands from amphibious attack.
The 165th Infantry and 3rd Battalion, 105th Infantry first saw action against the enemy during the attack and capture of Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, 21–24 November 1943. The 1st and 3rd Battalions of the 106th Regiment participated in the attack on Eniwetok Atoll, 19–26 February 1944, returning to Oahu in March. During this mission, the 2nd Battalion, 106th Infantry landed unopposed on Majuro Island, 1 February, and completed its seizure, 3 February. The division began preparations for the Marianas operations, 15 March.
On D-day plus 1, 16 June 1944, elements landed at night on Saipan to support the Second and Fourth Marine Divisions. A beachhead was established and Aslito Airfield captured, 18 June. Fighting continued throughout June. Marine General Holland Smith, unsatisfied with the performance of the 27th Division, relieved its commander, Army General Ralph C. Smith., which led to angry recrimination from senior Army commanders, including Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall. During a pitched battle, 7 July, Japanese overran elements of the division in a banzai attack, but organized resistance was crushed the next day. During the months of July and August, the 27th cleaned out isolated pockets in the mountains and cliffs of Saipan.
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