DescriptionChester W. Nimitz Inscribed Photograph Twice Signed. An historic, black and white photograph, 13" x 11", taken aboard the USS Missouri during the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945. Nimitz, commander in chief of the United States Pacific Fleet, is seen (seated) signing the Instrument of Surrender which formally ended the Second World War. On the bottom margin, Nimitz has written: "To RAdm Sam E. Morison USNR -Distinguished Historian - with best wishes and warmest regards. C.W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral USN." Nimitz has signed a second time, "C.W. Nimitz," on the image itself.
Samuel E. Morison, a historian at Harvard, offered his services to write a history of U.S. Navy's operations during World War II. He was commissioned a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve, and was immediately called to service. Morison worked with a team of researchers and had first-hand access to patrol boats, destroyers, and all manner of vessels. Morison was transferred to the Honorary Retired List of the Naval Reserve and was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1951, suggesting that the photograph offered hear was printed after that time.
Morison's naval histories won a Bancroft Prize for Volume 3, and a Balzan Prize for the full series. He has also received two Pulitzer Prizes, a Legion of Merit, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Condition: Mounted onto a slightly larger board. A small stain at lower left, and with pencil markings at three sides, likely indicating where edges of mat should lie. A small crease at lower left corner. A slip with framing instructions is affixed to the verso; with masking tape at edges of mount at back.
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