RR Auction Home
Current Auction Is Open For Bidding
Home |Sitemap|Contact Us| Past Auctions  
 How to Bid   Register to Bid   Auctions   Consign   About Us   Featured Lots   Reviews 
Bidder Login

New Bidder Registration
Forgot your password?

The Current Auction
Ends September 12th
Remarkable Rarities Auction Preview
Begins Sep 13
Advanced Search
By Item Number
Gallery Search
Past Auction Search
How Do I Bid?
What is BidTracker™?
New Bidder Registration
The 30-Minute Rule
Terms and Conditions
New to RR Auction?
About Us
Register to Bid
Jobs at RR Auction
Press Releases
Consign to RR Auction
How to Consign
2019 Auction Calendar
Jan 9
Jan 17
Feb 6
Feb 21
Mar 6
Mar 14
Apr 10
Apr 18
May 8
May 16
May 23
Jun 12
Jun 20
Jul 10
Jul 18
Aug 7
Aug 15
Sep 12
Sep 21
Sep 25
Oct 10
Oct 17
Nov 6
Nov 21
Dec 4
Dec 12
  View All Dates & Deadlines

Item 318 - USS Richmond and Pearl Harbor Ship Dispatches Catalog 563 (Aug 2019)

Back To Previous Page
(we are no longer accepting bids on this item)
Minimum Bid: $300.00
Sold Price: $3,785.00 (includes buyer's premium)


Historic pairing of two dispatches to the USS Richmond, headed "U.S.S. Richmond, Cruisers Battle Force," each one page, 7.75 x 6.5, both dated December 7, 1941: the first, from "CINPAC" to "CINCLANT-CINCAF-OPNAV," reads: "Air raid on Pearl Harbor x This is not a drill AR"; the second, to "All US Men o War at Canal Zone Area, ASTA, 15th Nav Dist," reads: "Cease granting Liberty until further notice x Recall all men on Liberty." In very good to fine condition.

The USS Richmond had moved to Pearl Harbor in early 1941, where it became flagship of the Scouting Force. In October, the ship was recalled to San Francisco, where it joined the Neutrality Patrols along the west coast of North and South America. At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, the Richmond was en route to Valparaiso, Chile. Recalled from her original mission, she took up patrol off Panama and in 1942 commenced escorting reinforcement convoys to the Galapagos Islands and Society Islands. It would go on to participate in the Battle of the Komandorski Islands in March 1943, a daylight surface engagement with the Imperial Japanese Navy in which the inferior American force escaped complete destruction mostly by luck. These remarkable dispatches signaled the start of World War II for America and the sailors aboard the USS Richmond.

Terms and abbreviations used in our descriptions.

You must be a registered user and logged in to view Past Auction Item Images

If you do not currently have an account, click here to go to our secure registration page.

Important Information

Tips For Consignors


For a complete list of auction beginning and ending dates, check our dates and deadlines page.