Utah Beach D-Day flag sold at auction

Flown from the stern of U.S. Navy vessel LCC 60--the sole guide boat at Utah Beach--and retained by its skipper Lieutenant Howard Vander Beek was sold at auction for $514,000.

Flown from the stern of U.S. Navy vessel LCC 60–the sole guide boat at Utah Beach–and retained by its skipper Lieutenant Howard Vander Beek was sold at auction for $514,000.

The U.S. flag flown on the stern of the boat that launched troops onto Utah Beach on D-Day was sold at auction June 12 in Texas for $125,000.

Sources at Heritage Auctions said the guide boat’s skipper, Lt. Howard Vander Beek of Cedar Falls, Iowa, kept the flag up until his 2014 death. The seller acquired it last year when Vander Beek’s family sold the historic item at an estate auction. The flag was said to have been flown from the stern of U.S. Navy vessel LCC 60–the sole guide boat at Utah Beach.

 

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