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Secretary McNamara's Department of Defense Flag
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 15,000 USD
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33
Secretary McNamara's Department of Defense Flag
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 15,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The White House Years of Robert S. McNamara

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Secretary McNamara's Department of Defense Flag
The sky blue field of satin with the embroidered device in full color of the Department of Defense, being an American bald eagle with wings outspread, its talons grasping three crossed arrows, and the Federal shield displayed on its breast, with an embroidered white star in each corner, trimmed with gold fringe, rod pocket threaded to a jointed oak pole with brass fittings, surmounted by a gilded metal eagle finial, gilded cast iron base, by Detra Flag Company. Yellow streaking across the fly, a few tiny spots.

Dimensions:

50 inches  (hoist) x 65 inches (fly)

Pole: 99 inches


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Catalogue Note

Secretary of Defense McNamara's personal flag, which stood in his office at the Pentagon.

The establishment of the Department of Defense in 1947 creating a new cabinet secretary led to the development of a new series of personal distinguishing flags.  The flag of the Secretary of Defense, approved by President Truman on 7 October 1947, is medium or "Defense" blue with an American bald eagle in full color in the center and a white star in each corner.  The eagle's wings are expanded, its talons grasp three crossed arrows, and the Federal shield is displayed on its breast.  All the personal flags used by officials of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as well as by the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, use the same eagle and arrows, which also form the central device in the departmental seal.

The White House Years of Robert S. McNamara

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New York