Admiral Halsey’s 4 Star Admiral Flag

Admiral Haley’s 4 Star Admiral Flag

The following pictures show Admiral Halsey’s 4 Star Flag in detail which was his personal flag during the Peace Treaty Signing for World War II on September 2, 1945.  The flag was present during the Peace Treaty Signing to end World War II.  Coxswain Frank Orban, my grandfather was on Admiral Halsey’s Personal Staff and followed Admiral Halsey from the USS Louisville and USS New Jersey which went to port on May, 1945 to the USS Missouri and finally the USS South Dakota.  

April 10, 1945, Louisville delivered Admiral Halsey’s 50 officers and 100 staff to the battleship Missouri at Guam. My grandfather, Frank Orban was 1 of the 100 enlisted staff to accompany Halsey onto the USS Missouri from the USS Louisville. On September 5, 1945,  my grandfather was transferred again 3 days after the Surrender Ceremony to the USS South Dakota following Admiral Halsey home to the United States into San Francisco, CA.

USS Missouri Flagmen Transfer from USS Louisville

Frank Orban Transfer from USS Lousiville

Here is a video showing the above flag on Admiral Halsey’s Admiral Gig. The video is the only one known of Admiral Halsey’s Admiral Gig. You will see the original video un-altered and and edited video slowed down and lightened up.

On September 5, 1945, 3 days after the Surrender Ceremony, my grandfather, Coxswain Frank Orban was transferred again to the USS South Dakota following Admiral Halsey to his new flagship the USS South Dakota. The USS South Dakota made it’s way home to the United States and into San Francisco Bay. 

Here is a video clearly showing Admiral Halsey saying goodbye on the USS South Dakota and leaving on his Admiral’s Gig, which my grandfather Frank Orban was the driver. He is the short guy above the #7 on the Admiral’s Gig.  Please watch video to end to see the above flag featured on Admiral Halsey’s Admirals Gig (downloaded from historicfilms.com) :

Here is another video showing Admiral Halsey’s Admiral Gig:

Unedited Video of Admiral Halsey’s Admiral Gig:

Edited Video of Admiral Halsey’s Admiral Gig Slowed Down and Lightened Up.

Japanese Flag on USS Missouri During Peace Treaty

Japanese Flag USS Missouri

Japanese Flag USS Missouri

This flag above was given to my grandfather, Frank Orban, by the Japanese Delegation who came aboard the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945 to sign the pace treaty. My grandfather was the driver of Admiral Halsey’s Admiral Gig as well as assigned to the flag detail of the USS Missouri. He helped escort the Japanese delegates onto the USS Missouri.

Raising Admiral Halsey’s Flag-USS Missouri

Admiral Halsey's Flag

Raising Admiral Halsey's Flag

 

Admiral Halsey's Flag

This picture came out of my grandfather's WWII photo album from when he was one of the flagmen on the USS Missouri during the Japanese Surrender September 2, 1945.  The photo is black and white.  The flag being raised is Admiral Halsey's 4 Star Admiral Flag.  I also own Admiral Halsey's 4 Star Flag from his personal boat attached to the Third Fleet.

Admiral Carney Autographed Picture

Admiral Carney Autograph

Admiral Carney Autograph

 

The above picture was given to my grandfather who served on board the USS Missouri during the Japanese Surrender Ceremony on September 2, 1945.

Robert Bostwick Carney  was Admiral in the United States Navy.  Admiral Carney served as commander-in-chief of the Nato forces in Southern Europe from 1951-1953. This picture is was taken when Admiral Carney was Rear Admiral to Admiral Halsey on or about 1943.

 

Staff and Flag Allowance Damage Control and Fire Bill

staff and flag allowance

staff and flag allowance

This document is a memorandum from the USS Missouri during the Japanese Surrender 23 May 1945 and states:

 

United States Pacific Fleet

Third Fleet

23 May 1945

STAFF MEMORANDUM:

Subject:                          Staff and Flag Allowance Damage Control and Fire Bill

 

1.             In the event of damage or fire occuring in the vicinity of Staff personnel, report will immediately be made to Damage Control Central, Telephone 880 or 889.  Thereafter, STAFF OFFICERS will initiate appropriate emergency measures or assist ship personnel until arrival of Ship Repair or Fire Fighting Personnel who will then take charge. Staff Officers shall assist insofar as such assistance does not interfere with principle staff duties.

               In event of damage or fire in Flag Plot, Ship Repair or Fire Fighting Personnel will be guided by advice of Senior Staff Officer present in order that minimum disruption of Staff business may occur.

              STAFF ENLISTED PERSONNEL, except these in Flag Plot, will be considered as part of the ship's organization insofar as damage control and firefighting is  concerned.

              Enlisted Personnel in Flag Plot will conform to the orders of the Senior Staff Officer present.

2.           All staff personnel, officers and enlisted, will render all possible assistance to casualties consistent with continued performance of the principle Staff duties.

(Signed by Admiral Carney)

Robt. B. Carney,

    Chief of Staff    

Copy to:

             00

             01

             CO, USS Missouri 

Procedure of Assembling on Veranda Deck for Actual Ceremony

USS Missouri Japan Surrender Ceremony Procedure on Veranda Deck

Procedure of Assembling on Veranda Deck for Actual Ceremony

 

USS Missouri Japan Surrender Ceremony Procedure on Veranda Deck

The following document details how the Japanese Surrender Ceremony was scheduled. 

8:30                         Officers in groups A, B, and C other than signatories will take places as set forth in annex able as indicated and thereafter in order of seniority as practicable.

8:45                         (Same as above)

08:55                       The Japanese Representatives who will be lying off the ship in their boat will be called alongside. On board, they will be conducted to places assigned as set forth in annex ABLE. If there is a delay, they will be conducted to the Executive Officer's Cabin to await call.

At S-Hour: The Supreme Commander and the Representatives for the Allied Powers will exit from Admiral's Cabin and take places assigned.

It is assimed that the signing of Articles of Surrender will proceed as soon as the Japanese Representatives are in their places.

It is further assumed that The Supreme Commander will address the assemblage and direct the proceedings immediately on assuming his position on veranda deck.

The order of signing will be as follows:

(1) For Japanese Empire

(2) For the  United States

(3) For the Republic of China

(4) For the United Kingdom

(5) For the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

(6) For the Commonwealth of Australia

(7) For the Dominion of Canada

(8) For the Republic of France

(9) For the Commonwealth of New Zealand

(10) For the United Kingdom of Netherlands

In the event of bad weather, a protective shield for documents will be provided.