WWII: Utah Beach D-Day LCT Landing Craft Flag

We are delighted to announce the forthcoming auction of a cherished relic of American history, the WWII Utah Beach D-Day LCT Landing Craft Flag. This poignant symbol, evoking memories of bravery and resilience, carries with it the weight of our nation’s past, offering a tangible connection to the pivotal moments of World War II.

As part of our twentieth-year celebration, Catherine’s Estates is excited to announce we are partnering with Heritage Auctions in Dallas Texas to sell a piece of History from the WWII D-day invasion. This landing craft flag was carried at Utah Beach during the first hours of the invasion.  We have sold many wonderful items during our twenty-year span, but this one is set apart because it belonged to my father, John Bacon.  He was there and according to his telling it was exactly like the opening scene from saving Private Ryan.  He shared those accounts with my brother and I years before the film, so there is a patriotic and personal aspect to this auction event.  Upon consideration, the flag is too important to be auctioned off by my company. Here is the link to Heritage Auction #6286, Lot #43267, if you know anyone who may be interested in bidding please share it with them.

Thank you,

Catherine Baron

John Bacon, staging for D-Day invasion in Iceland

A Glimpse into History

Flown at the vanguard of the first invasion at Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, this forty-eight star flag bears witness to the indomitable spirit of our soldiers. From the estate of my Father, John L. Bacon, a commanding officer of an LCT, this flag embodies the courage and sacrifice of those who served alongside him. The stains and marks that adorn its fabric serve as silent testaments to the trials endured on that fateful day.

A Tale of Valor

As part of the 449th Military Police Company, assigned to the 531st Regiment of the 1st Engineer Special Brigade under General Omar Bradley’s command, my father’s unit played a pivotal role in the invasion. Leading the charge at Utah Beach, they faced relentless enemy fire, navigating through adversity with unwavering resolve. Despite the lighter resistance compared to other beaches, the challenges were formidable, requiring strategic maneuvers and swift action to secure the shoreline.

After the invasion they stayed to secure the shoreline. My Father is kneeling at the center of the first row.  They slept in the pup tents in the background.

The Symbolism of the Seahorse

The seahorse emblem adorning my father’s company holds profound significance. Originating from the 36th Engineer Brigade of the US Army, active during WWII, this emblem featured a red seahorse on a blue and white shield. Despite lacking approval from the War Department, soldiers of the 36th proudly wore this patch, symbolizing their resilience and determination in the face of adversity.

The Legacy Lives On

This flag, bearing witness to the triumphs and tribulations of our soldiers, serves as a timeless reminder of their bravery. Accompanying the platoon on the battlefield, it offered a beacon of hope amidst the chaos, instilling a sense of unity and purpose in the face of adversity. Its presence on shore during the aftermath of the invasion provided solace to those who fought tirelessly for freedom.

Preserve a Piece of U.S. History

As stewards of our nation’s heritage, it is our duty to ensure that the sacrifices of our veterans are never forgotten. Join us in preserving this invaluable piece of history by participating in the auction. Your support not only honors the memory of those who served but also contributes to the preservation of our collective past for generations to come.

In closing, let us remember the courage and resilience of those who stormed the beaches of Normandy, shaping the course of history with their selfless acts of valor. This flag, imbued with the spirit of their sacrifice, stands as a testament to their enduring legacy. Together, let us honor their memory and ensure that their stories live on in the hearts and minds of future generations.

Place your bids and be a part of history!

WWII: Utah Beach D-Day LCT Landing Craft Flag
Open for bidding around 04/01/2024
Auction 6286 – April 26-27, 2024 on Heritage Auctions

Auction Link: Auction #6286, Lot #43267

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