Flag from Battleship Texas flies again for D-Day

This image provided by Battleship Texas Archives shows former crewman Emil Saul next to the USS Texas in 2005. In honor of the 70th anniversary of the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion, the flag that was aloft will go on public display Friday for the first time since World War II in an exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science thanks to a Saul, who gifted the flag. (AP Photo/Battleship Texas Archives)
This image provided by Battleship Texas Archives shows former crewman Emil Saul next to the USS Texas in 2005. In honor of the 70th anniversary of the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion, the flag that was aloft will go on public display Friday for the first time since World War II in an exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science thanks to a Saul, who gifted the flag. (AP Photo/Battleship Texas Archives)

HOUSTON (AP) — A battle flag that witnessed the D-Day operation from atop the USS Texas will be displayed in a Houston museum for the first time since World War II.

The flag will be exhibited beginning Friday at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of the Normandy coastline on June 6, 1944.

The flag had been given by the ship’s crew to Emil Saul, a navigator aboard the USS Texas who was severely wounded when a German shell hit the vessel while it was part of an operation to capture the port city of Cherbourg.

Saul gave it back to the USS Texas, now a memorial named the Battleship Texas that sits in the Port of Houston.

In this photo taken Wednesday, May 21, 2014, workers at the Houston Museum of Natural Science work on an exhibit spotlighting the flag from the USS Texas in Houston. The 17-by-9 foot, 48-star flag flew over the battleship on D-Day, June 6, 1944, off the beaches at Normandy. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
In this photo taken Wednesday, May 21, 2014, workers at the Houston Museum of Natural Science work on an exhibit spotlighting the flag from the USS Texas in Houston. The 17-by-9 foot, 48-star flag flew over the battleship on D-Day, June 6, 1944, off the beaches at Normandy. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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