American Flag from D-Day Sells at Dallas Auction for $514K

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An American flag waving from the boat that took the first U.S. troops ashore on D-Day sold for $514,000 in Dallas.

As the Austin American-Statesman reported, the 48-star flag flew from the guide boat that led the first U.S. troops onto Utah Beach during the D-Day battle. Dutch businessman Bertram Kreuk purchased the flag to “make sure that the important story this flag represents will be kept alive.”

While the flag was estimated to sell for $100,000, the final bid shocked and delighted Heritage Auctions, the company responsible for holding the auction. There is one bullet hole in the flag, which experts say was the product of a German machine gun.

The bidding lasted about two weeks online, but the in-person bidding opened up at $125,000, the highest bid thus far, on Sunday. The flag was from Lt. Howard Vander Beek of Cedar Falls, Iowa, who was the boat’s skipper and held onto it until his death in 2014.

It’s incredible to see items from this historic battle and even more incredible to know that people will be taking care of these remarkable items for years and years to come. Even after all of this time, we still should never forget the bravery that our armed forces exhibited against all odds.