USS NICHOLAS DD-449
destroyer model ship
USS Nicholas DD-449 was one of the most decorated ships
of WWII. She earned 16 battle stars including two for
submarines sunk. She was also awarded one of the first
Presidential Unit Citations for action in the Solomon
Islands in 1943 and a Philippine Republic Presidential
Unit Citation Badge.
In August 1945, Admiral Halsey ordered that USS Nicholas
be present in Tokyo Bay for Japan’s surrender “because
of their valorous fight up the long road from the South
Pacific to the very end” and "Outstanding among the
destroyers of the Pacific Fleet..."
Assigned to his Flagship Task Group, the "Nick"
disseminated Japanese pilots and peace emissaries among
the fleet, escorted battleship Missouri into Tokyo Bay,
and transported Allied and U.S. representatives to the
formal surrender on Missouri 2 September.
January 1970, having become the navy's oldest active
destroyer eight years earlier, the "Nick" was
decommissioned in a ceremony at Pearl Harbor (again
side-by-side with her sister O'Bannon).