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Admiral Chester Nimitz
C-in-C Pacific Fleet
Admiral William "Bull" Halsey, Jr.
3rd Fleet Commander
On December 7, 1941 at 7:55 A.M., the Naval Base at Pearl Harbor was
attacked by 360 planes from the Japanese Imperial Fleet. President
Roosevelt broadcast the now famous message the next day -
"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the
United States was deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the
Empire of Japan." He concluded the speech confidently predicting
that "with the unbounding determination of our people we will gain
the inevitable victory."
Ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, 1944,
Americans rallied around the cry of "Remember Pearl Harbor."
Now, more than sixty years later, we must never forget the sacrifices made by our
servicemen in the Pacific Theater. In lasting tribute to all the brave
servicemen, the Armed Forces Commemorative Society is pleased to authorize
the Golden Anniversary Tribute. The Tribute will become a
family heirloom to admire and to pass on to future generations, ensuring
that valiant sacrifices made by our family, such as our grandfathers,
fathers, and brothers, will never be forgotten.
Strategy Changed Forever
Campaign in the Pacific Theater would change forever the strategy used in
modern sea warfare. With the advancement in airplanes and aircraft
carriers, the world would also witness the greatest sea battles ever
The Battle of the Coral Sea in May, 1942,
marked the first time in history a sea battle had been fought without the
ships meeting. There would be many heroic naval battles to follow
including: Midway, Savo Island, Guadalcanal, Philippine Sea, Leyte Gulf,
The war also saw many other firsts by the
U.S. Navy - PT Boats, Seabees, radar incorporated in planes, ships and
weapons, plus the first bombers taking off from carriers during the now famous Doolittle Raid.
Admiral Raymond Spruance
5th Fleet Commander
Masters of the Sky and "Sink 'Em all", Submarine Warfare
Victories by the U.S. Naval forces in the
large scale battles significantly reduced the ability of the Japanese Navy
to successfully continue the fight. In addition to the loss of their key
ships, especially carriers, the battles resulted in the loss of many
airplanes and seasoned pilots. As the war continued, American planes and
pilots became masters of the sky.
As America became masters of the sky, so
did American submarines become masters of the deep. American submarines
were placed on "Unrestricted" warfare. "Sink 'em all" ordered COMSUBPAC.
The "Silent Service" proved to be very effective sinking nearly one third
of the enemy warships accounted for by the U.S. In addition, the enemy was
severely damaged by the sinking of cargo ships and tankers. This was a
major blow for the Japanese military, which needed a continuous flow of
oil, iron ore, rubber and other materials which were not available in
sufficient quantities on the Japanese islands.
As the war progressed, Naval shore
bombardments to dislodge the enemy played a pivotal role in the
island-hopping campaign. Amphibious assaults on the Japanese-held islands
were coordinated with the use of landing ships and Naval air cover for the
24-Karat Gold Tribute
The Government Model .45 firearm was
selected by the Navy in 1911 as the official sidearm of naval officers and
sailors and was used throughout WWII. The WWII Golden Anniversary
Pacific Naval Tribute is a fully functional firearm.
The slide has been decorated in 24-karat
gold. On the presentation side of the slide are etched two inscriptions:
"WWII Pacific Theater" and "World's Greatest Naval Campaign".
Also etched on the slide are classes of ships that participated in the
Pacific Theater along with the USN symbol. The reverse features an
aircraft carrier and planes plus America's Tribute to our Naval Servicemen
- an inscription that reads: "Now Hear This...WELL DONE."
The road to victory was long and hard, but would be finalized with the
signing of the official surrender papers on September 2, 1945 aboard the
USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
Optional Display Case
To proudly display and preserve this distinguished tribute, an elegant oak
display case featuring a glass lid and a blue velvet lining is available.
Inside the case is a brass plaque engraved with this permanent tribute:
WWII Pacific Naval Tribute
On the plaque, you can engrave your family
name, or if you prefer, your name and military service dates.
Government Model .45
Barrel Length: 5"
Caliber: .45 ACP
Edition Limit: 500
Decoration: Each Tribute pistol is decorated by craftsmen specifically
commissioned by America Remembers.
Since the World War II Golden Anniversary Pacific Naval
Tribute .45 is a working pistol, we will arrange delivery through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice.