This was a worthwhile Weirdness Wednesday post as I recently saw an announcement about the USS Paul Hamilton flying the Moultrie Flag as it returned home. It was posted on the ship’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/USSPaulHamilton/ with a link to the article: We salute the USS Paul Hamilton for flying a Revolutionary War battle flag on its way back to port (Task and Purpose website) https://taskandpurpose.com/mandatory-fun/navy-uss-paul-hamilton-moultrie-flag?fbclid=IwAR2kMOXmNCSgcOLMYtuwge1QgnKXXDNwrksjEZrlRQvBXoMAznKROa8mB7Q. I was not familiar with this naval tradition.
Jared Keller October 19, 2020
It looks like the USS Kidd isn’t the only guided-missile destroyer in the Navy’s fleet intent on letting its freak flag fly.
First spotted by our colleagues at The War Zone, the USS Paul Hamilton returned to its homeport of San Diego last week sporting what’s known as the ‘Moultrie Flag,’ a white crescent with the word ‘LIBERTY’ on a blue background.
As The War Zone points out, the Paul Hamilton’s 270 days away from home earned the destroyer the right to hoist a banner known as the ‘homeward bound pennant‘ on its way back to San Diego in accordance with Navy regulations, something the vessel has done in the past.
But what’s really interesting is the flying of the Revolutionary War-era Moultrie Flag — also known as the Liberty flag — which has special significance due to the South Carolina origins it shares with the Paul Hamilton’s namesake.
The flag was designed in 1775 by South Carolina state militia commander Col. William Moultrie, who gained fame for his successful defense of Sullivan’s Island against the British Royal Navy the following year. Moultrie and his forces, which included the Continental Army’s 2nd South Carolina Regiment, repelled the invading British forces during a ten-hour siege, eventually triggering a full British withdrawal and saving the strategically-important city of Charleston from occupation.
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