Tributes

Never Be Forgotten

You can honor a loved one or hero - and make them part of this extraordinary Museum. Pay tribute to those who have had an impact on your life - military or non-military - through a variety of programs.



They fought together as brothers in arms, they died together and now they sleep side by side. To them, we have a solemn obligation – the obligation to ensure that their sacrifice will help make this a better and safer world in which to live.

Chester W. Nimitz
Fleet Admiral


Group 4

About Tributes at the National Museum of the Pacific War

For questions or information on any of the below please CONTACT Stephanie Hagee, Director of Tributes at tributes@nimitzfoundation.org or 830-997-8600 x215

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Wall Plaque (5x7in)

The Memorial Courtyard and additional plaque areas are impressive and poignant tributes to the Greatest Generation. The plaques are a lifetime legacy of those individuals, ships, and units that served in the Pacific in WWII.

These permanent plaques are solid metal, photochemically etched, and anodized with a black background and silver text and detail. Photos reproduce well and are featured on many plaques. We will be happy to help you with the wording and layout of your memorial.

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Featured Plaque

Joseph “Joe” Roll --- and, oh, how he rolled. The country views him as a hero. “The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to ARM2 Joseph E. Roll for extraordinary achievement in aerial combat as a rear-seat gunner in an airplane of a Scouting Squadron in action against Japanese forces in the Battle of the Coral Sea on May 8, 1942…” Numerous accolades can be listed when describing Joe Roll, yet he was just a normal 18-year-old “kid” wanting to fight for what he believed in and signed up to serve in the Navy during WWII. Joe probably couldn’t fathom what he might see in terms of the realities of war and like so many WWII sailors he needed to find an outlet for the everyday stressors. So being creative he strapped on his rollerskates from home and promenaded up and down the deck of the USS Yorktown!! His rollerskates actually went down with the ship when it was torpedoed and sunk in the Battle of Midway, June 7, 1942. According to his son, John Roll, Joe liked to joke that his skates were lost to history so to speak because they now rested on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. So, next time you’re at the museum, “roll” on over to the Bush Gallery Wall, Section 5, Row 3 and check out Joe’s story.

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Featured Brick

“The memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime.”

Marvin Miller -- a man who captivates you with his smile and quick wit, but on the inside is a man still in turmoil and dealing with the stressors of PTSD and the emotional impact the Vietnam War has on him every day. Marvin didn’t want any fuss, his only request was that he could have his brick placed near his dad’s (a WWII veteran). As with most veterans, it was more about the “other guy” than himself. Marvin’s brick in the courtyard is unassuming yet those 3 lines tell a story of a man who did his duty for his country but came back to a country that did not welcome him with open arms. His brick signifies the need for all Vietnam vets to be thanked and appreciated and the plight of those with PTSD. So, next time you’re at the museum take a moment to stroll down to Section 38, Row 28 of the Brick Walkway, and give silent thanks to Marvin and all those Vietnam Veterans who sacrificed so much yet never received the outpouring of thanks they so wholeheartedly deserved.



Our family had placed a plaque on the courtyard wall of a relative. They performed a wonderful dedication service for us.

Jan Jurgens


Find a Brick or Plaque in the Memorial Courtyard