TROUTDALE, Ore. – An 8-foot-tall bronze sculpture of the Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific fleet in World War II, was unveiled in Troutdale Wednesday morning.
Oregon artist Rip Caswell was commissioned to sculpt the statue by the U.S. Naval Order.
The statue will be shipped off next week to its permanent home adjacent to the U.S.S. Missouri in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the statue was formally unveiled at Mayor’s Square City Park on East Columbia River Highway.
The statue will be on public display from July 31 to August 5.
Veterans of World War II, future sailors, the mayor of Troutdale and even Nimitz’ great grandson gave brief speeches during the ceremony.