Today, Americans recognize the attack on Pearl Harbor as one of the defining moments in American history. America was thrust into World War II and joined the battle against the Axis powers on two fronts.
On December 7, 1941, at 7:55 AM, an attack force of 353 Japanese warplanes descended on the island of Oahu, and unleashed a firestorm of bullets, bombs, and torpedoes on Pearl Harbor. Servicemen and civilians woke to the sound of explosions, as paradise became an inferno.
Though no one could have imagined it only a day before, December 7, 1941 became America’s most famous and unforgettable date of the 20th century. It was, in the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “a date which will live in infamy.”
“No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion,” vowed the President, “the American people in their righteous might will win absolute victory.” Many Americans had hoped to avoid entering World War II, but in the wake of the Pearl Harbor tragedy, the nation united in the common cause of victory, either in uniform or on the home front.
By war’s end, what Roosevelt termed “the unbounding determination of our people” had transformed America from a nation ill-prepared for war into the mightiest of world powers, an unshakable stronghold of democracy. And through it all, our fighting spirit was fueled by the heart-felt battle cry: “Remember Pearl Harbor!”
Fighting in Europe and the Pacific, Americans from all walks of life served their country with honor and determination, ultimately securing victory and ensuring freedom for people around the world.
To honor those who served and sacrificed during World War II, the Armed Forces Commemorative Society and America Remembers present the Pearl Harbor Tribute .45 Pistol.
Today, Americans recognize the attack on Pearl Harbor as one of the monumental days in American history. It is a moment that changed the course of history. American’s will never forget the courage and sacrifices made by so many to secure liberty and peace throughout the world. For this Tribute, the classic military sidearm of the 20th century, the Government Model Colt .45 pistol was selected. Each Tribute is a working Colt .45 ACP caliber pistol, decorated in a combination of 24-karat gold and nickel by the craftsmen at Baron Engraving specifically for the Tribute by the Armed Forces Commemorative Society, and the Tribute is available nowhere else.
On the slide’s left side, you will find a depiction of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor along with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous line from his speech announcing the attack. To the left, a U.S. Navy ship is rocked by explosions from the attack. In the center, American gunners turn their weapons skyward in a futile attempt to turn the tide of battle, while behind them a sister ship burns. At right, Japanese dive-bombers scream down from the sky, bearing the torpedoes intended for the Navy ships below.
Right side of the slide features a depiction of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, America’s most moving and inspirational tribute to all those who served and sacrificed. Millions of people from around the world pay their respects at the Memorial, which is erected over the sunken hull of the great battleship, final resting place for many of the 1,177 brave crewmen who lost their lives. To the right is the Arizona as she appeared before the attack, a floating fortress and proud member of the American fleet. To the left, a battleship on patrol, represents the power of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Flanking this battleship, you will find President Roosevelt’s prophetic vow that “with the unbounding determination of our people we will gain the inevitable victory.”
Each Pearl Harbor Tribute Pistol is individually numbered in a strictly limited edition of only 500 pistols. It will be a family keepsake to be treasured for generations, and a permanent reminder of the sacrifices and triumphs of the generation that turned the tide against tyranny. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. Delivery of your Tribute through a licensed dealer of your choice. If for any reason you are less than satisfied with the Tribute, you may return it in original unfired condition within 30 days for a full refund.
For more information or to order your Pearl Harbor Tribute Colt .45 ACP Pistol visit America Remembers.