Rip is putting the finishing touches on Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. As most of you know by now, Rip was first contacted by the Naval Order of the United States to sculpt this esteemed Naval figure.

If you haven’t seen this sculpture in a while, or at all, we encourage you to make a trip to the Gallery before the Admiral  heads to Firebird Bronze for casting. While you’re visiting the Gallery be sure to sign up to see the sculpture in bronze once he is finished and before the piece is sent off to Hawaii.

NimitzSome history on Fleet Admiral Nimitz
Fleet Admiral Nimitz enjoyed an illustrious Naval career. At the height of World War II, he was promoted to fleet admiral—one among only four.  When the Japanese surrendered on September  2, 1945, on board the battleship Missouri, in Tokyo Bay, Fleet Admiral Nimitz signed the surrender document on behalf of the United States. Following the war, he was honored for his wartime service both here and abroad. He became a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations, working to repair relations with Japan by raising funds to restore the Japanese memorial ship, Mikasa, and encouraging the return of any ancestral samurai swords that had been acquired during the war. Post World War II, he was often approached with business opportunities and prestigious positions, turning them down in consideration of “how the Gold Star Mothers might feel”. Fleet Admiral Nimitz died at his home in San Francisco on February 20, 1966. He was the last surviving five-star admiral. If you’d like to learn more about Fleet Admiral Nimitz, click here.

The Naval Order of the United States is the oldest American hereditary, exclusively naval society and has a dedicated interest in Naval history. It encourages the recording and preservation of that history. Rip has created this memorial in 1.25 life scale or about 8 feet tall.  The monument will be installed at the USS Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii in late summer 2013.