This Week In Quartermaster History
the first time since 1912, the United States flew a new flag, one with 49-stars.
Unfurled on Independence Day, 4
July 1959, this flag
signified the admission of Alaska as a state. The 49-star flag was used for only a year,
since on 4 July 1960 a 50-star flag was adopted with the
admission of Hawaii.
The Heraldic Branch of the Quartermaster Corps was given the responsibility of designing the new 49 and 50 star U.S. flags. From 1957 to 1958 the Heraldic Branch analyzed over 1,900 proposed designs submitted by the public, and prepared suggested designs for consideration by President Eisenhower.
From all of these suggestions and from a study of the history and traditions of the flag, it finally was decided to recommend arrangement of the 49 stars in seven staggered rows. The Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot made several prototype flags. On 3 January 1959, Presidential Executive Order 10798 set forth the design of the new flag.
Compiled by the
U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps Historian
Fort Lee, Virginia