ADMIRAL CHESTER W. NIMITZ - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 283821
CHESTER NIMITZ Photo of Nimitz signing the instrument of Japan's surrender in 1945, inscribed in the lower margin to friend and Bank of America founder John Mulvaney. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To John J. Mulvaney - with best wishes and great appreciation of/your many contributions to the welfare of our navy. C. W.
Sale Price $8,500.00
Photo of Nimitz signing the instrument of Japan's surrender in 1945, inscribed in the lower margin to friend and Bank of America founder John Mulvaney.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To John J. Mulvaney - with best wishes and great appreciation of/your many contributions to the welfare of our navy. C. W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, US Navy". B/w 14x11 overall, image 10x8, one surface. Shown aboard the Battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945, signing the instrument of Japanese surrender. Behind the seated Nimitz stand General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Admiral William F. Halsey, and Rear Admiral Forrest Sherman. There is also a facsimile signature of Nimitz in the picture. Nimitz (1885-1966), Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet (1941-1945), was promoted to the newly created Five-Star rank of Admiral of the Fleet in December 1944. Assuming command immediately after Pearl Harbor, he led the successful naval, air and land campaign across the Pacific to assure Japan's defeat. Nimitz served as Chief of Naval Operations from 1945-1947. John J. Mulvaney, who died in 1964, was an Alameda real estate develop and financier who merged his Encinal Bank with the Bank of Italy to form the Bank of America. Guests of this prominent Republican at his Alameda, California home included Earl Warren, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan (but also Franklin Roosevelt), as well as Admiral Nimitz and his wife. He had become friends with Nimitz in 1917, when he persuaded the navy to turn a piece of swampland into the Alameda Naval Air Station. Filing chips along top edge. Lower right corner chipped. Edges lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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