Millions of Americans have proudly served our country as members of our nation’s military. These men and women stood during times of peace and when called during times of war. And many paid the ultimate sacrifice for the principles that America stands for – freedom, liberty, and justice for all the citizens of the world.
For an American serviceman there is no worse nightmare than going from combatant to captive. Today, our troops in the Gulf region and Afghanistan face this reality each day they serve. In World War II, Korea and Vietnam, captured Americans endured unspeakable miseries. Once imprisoned, they faced brainwashing, torture, starvation and cruelty. They faced infamous horrors such as the Bataan Death March, German Stalags, Japanese Hell Ships, the Tiger Death March and the Hanoi Hilton.
Many POWs held on through torturous conditions until they were freed, while many others died in captivity. Americans must never forget their sacrifice. We can never forget their courage. Nor can we forget those who remain missing decades after bravely stepping forward to defend America.
Now, to honor all those who have served in America’s military, America Remembers, in cooperation with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, presents the VFW “Defenders of Freedom” Tribute Pistol. This handsome Tribute pistol honors the legacy of those brave warriors who fought and gave everything for their country in some of the greatest battles of the 20th century, with special recognition to those who served as prisoners of war and those who are still listed as missing in action. For this important Tribute we selected the classic military sidearm of the era: the Colt® Government Model® .45 Pistol. Craftsmen commissioned specifically for this project by America Remembers decorate each working Colt .45 in sparkling 24-karat gold and nickel. In magnificent detail, this handsome Tribute pistol honors the legacy of those brave warriors who fought and gave everything for their country.
An Exclusive Edition
The VFW “Defenders of Freedom” Tribute Pistol is individually numbered in a strictly limited edition of only 500 pistols. It will be a family keepsake to be treasured for generations, and a permanent reminder of the sacrifices made by so many Americans throughout the 20th century. We will ship your Tribute through a licensed dealer of your choice. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, you may return it in original unfired condition for a full refund.
Now is your opportunity to own this superbly crafted heirloom, a memorial that can be handed down from generation to generation to ensure that our courageous veterans will never be forgotten.
The left side is dedicated to those who served in the Vietnam War. Near the muzzle are the A-4 Skyhawk and the B-52 bomber, along with the POW/MIA insignia. Wrapped around the American bald eagle, a banner reads: “Vietnam War” and “Honor the Dead by Helping the Living,” with a trio of helicopters flying above. To the right, three soldiers frame a depiction of the Wall of Names at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The right side is dedicated to those who served during World War II and Korea. A detailed illustration shows three infantrymen at the ready with their firearms. Also pictured is a view of the divided Korea, split along the 38th parallel. Featured prominently are two superstars of the air war over Korea: the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star and the F-86 Sabre. Completing the illustration on the right side is a banner unfurling in front of Old Glory, which includes the motto of the VFW, “We’d Do Anything for this Country.” All artwork is featured in stunning 24-karat gold and nickel.
Optional Display Case
An optional custom-built, wooden display case is available for purchase.
Since the “VFW Defenders of Freedom Tribute,” is a working Colt® Government Model® .45 pistol, we will arrange delivery through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice.
I wish to reserve the “VFW Defenders of Freedom Tribute,” a working Colt® Government Model® .45 pistol, at the current issue price of $1,995*. Each pistol is numbered within the edition limit of 500 and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. Thirty day return privilege.
Please charge my credit card a deposit of $195 per pistol. I will pay the balance at the rate of $100 per month, with no interest or carrying charge.
* All orders are subject to acceptance and credit verification prior to shipment. Shipping and handling will be added to each order. Virginia residents please add sales tax.