Pacific War museum to unveil statue of Admiral Chester Nimitz

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation and National Museum of the Pacific War will unveil an eight-foot bronze statue of Adm. Chester Nimitz in what will be known as Nimitz Platz on Friday, Feb. 7, at 10:30 a.m.

Nimitz Platz is located between the Nimitz Museum and Command Post, at 340 East Main Street.

The statue was sculpted by Rip Caswell of Troutdale, Ore., and was commissioned by the Navy Order of the United States.

 “I owed my very best to this sculpture after what members of Nimitz’s generation sacrificed for this country,” Caswell said. “I saw it as my way to give back.”

The statue is one of two cast. The other sits on Ford Island, Hawaii overlooking the USS Arizona.

“We are very excited to be receiving this statue,” said Brandon Vinyard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the museum. “It means a great deal to us and the community of Fredericksburg that their native son will be immortalized for future generations. A lot of people ask why there is a museum on World War II in the Pacific here in Fredericksburg, and I think this will help answer that question.”

The unveiling is open to the public and there will be no seating at the unveiling.

For more information contact Vinyard at vinyard@nimitzfoundation.org or 830-997-8600 ext. 205.

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