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Catalog Number 01362
Object Name Flag
Description A. FLAG:
State of Iowa State flag, silk, displayed on quarterdeck of the USS DES MOINES. Returned to Governor Erbe

Image of eagle and banner with state motto, "Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain."

Attached letter states-

The Honorable
The Governor of Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa

My dear Governor:

Upon decommissioning of the United States Ship DES MOINES (CA-134), it seems most fitting that the Iowa State Flag be returned to the Chief Executive of the state. The flag was displayed on the Quarterdeck of DES MOINES and was carrie in many parades by marching units from the ship white participating in official celebrations.

DES MOINES is a fine ship. She has been a source of pride for the officers and men who served in her and the recipient of many words of praise and admiration from all who have seen her. She visisted nearly every large port in the Mediterranean. Her name and classic cruiser lines became a symbol of America's goodwill and friendship, as well as her might. Indeed, it a sad duty which requires me to turn her over to the Reserve Fleet.

I am confident, however, that should the need ever arise, DES MOINES can be quickle returned to service and again perform admirable. Until that time, we return the state flag to your care.

Sincerely yours,

E. H. Winslow
Captain, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer
Source Winslow, Capt. E.H.
Received Date 07/19/1961
Collection WW II
Search Terms World War II
State of Iowa