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Nimitz sculpture to be placed in Pearl Harbor

    19991016 - Adm. Chester W. Nimitz. BW Press release photo.

An eight-foot-tall sculpture of Adm. Chester Nimitz will be installed next to the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor. 

Oregon sculptor Rip Caswell said Tuesday the Naval Order of the United States has commissioned him to create the statue of the admiral who commanded U.S. naval forces during World War II. 

The order is a private organization of servicemen who once served in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Caswell says the sculpture will be unveiled this summer. 

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is a museum on board the decommissioned battleship formerly known as the USS Missouri.  

The Missouri is best known for hosting Japan’s surrender. Japanese and Allied leaders gathered on the ship’s decks in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945 to sign documents formally ending the war. 

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