Lot 61: c 1944 CHESTER W NIMITZ Signed Document Establishing Marshall Islands Government

Early American

December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, US

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Admiral ChesterW. Nimitz Signed Document Establishing a Military Government in the Marshall Islands ca. Feb. 1944
CHESTER W. NIMITZ. Fleet Admiral of the United States Navy during World War II, who Signed the official document for the "Japanese Surrender" taken aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.
c. February 1944, Printed Official Document Signed, by order of "C. W. Nimitz" as "Admiral, United States Navy, / Commander in Chief, / United States Pacific Fleet and / Pacific Ocean Areas, / MILITARY GOVERNOR OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS," 1 page, 12.5" x 9.25". Very Fine. Some scattered creases, repaired long diagonal tear to the left of Nimitz's signature, repaired tears and infill at lower right edge affecting some words.

Printed in bold black in both English and Japanese, this Printed Typed Document was issued after Admiral Nimitz's first proclamation, dated January 31, 1944, establishing a military government in the Marshall Islands. On each atoll, the Civil Affairs Officer read the proclamation establishing a U.S. Military Government in the name of Admiral C. W. Nimitz, Military Governor of the Marshall Islands, and the American flag was raised. It was reported that by February 4th, copies of the proclamation were already nailed on the walls of police stations, village structures, and trees and that addition orders and ordinances were being prepared by the military government. The copies of Nimitz's proclamations, orders, and ordinances were not personally signed by Nimitz; the one here offered is.

Headed: "N O T I C E / SURRENDER / YOUR FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, RADIO SENDING SETS / Notice is hereby given that all / Firearms, / Ammunition, / Explosives of any kind, / Radio sending sets, / must be surrendered to the nearest officer of the United States Forces on this island. / These must be surrendered / before ______________" The date is not filled in.

It continues, all in upper case: "Any person found in possession of any of the named articles after the time and date stated may be punished by death or imprisonment at hard labor." Concluding, "By order of [signed C.W. Nimitz] C.W. NIMITZ, Admiral, United States Navy, Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas, MILITARY GOVERNOR OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS". Exceedingly Rare! We have never seen another!
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