VOTE to Name Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts
The National D-Day Memorial Foundation nominated:
299th Combat Engineer Battalion Flag Flown at Assault on Utah Beach on D-Day, 1944
This flag, or guidon, was carried ashore by members of the 299th Combat Engineer Battalion, Co. B on June 6, 1944 - D-Day - and features their insignia. The 299th Combat Engineer Battalion suffered a number of casualties on both Omaha and Utah Beaches. This particular flag is from Company B who landed on Utah Beach, which landed amid direct fire from German gun emplacements where many men were killed and many more wounded. The accompanying photo shows the flag and members from the company who assaulted Utah Beach. Conservation concerns include deterioration around the edges and need for repairs and preservation and final placement in a special display case that will slow further deterioration.