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The Armed Forces Commemorative Society Honors the World’s Greatest Naval Campaign
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.”
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
The Naval 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 fought.
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, and Okinawa.
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.
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 troops.
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.”
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:
America Remembers WWII Pacific Naval Tribute
On the plaque, you can engrave your family name, or if you prefer, your name and military service dates.
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