The USS Massachusetts was launched on September 23, 1939, and commissioned on September 23, 1941. The USS Massachusetts carried a 2,300-member crew during WWII. Beginning in November 1942, the USS Massachusetts saw action in Pacific and European operations. Over the course of the war, the USS Massachusetts sank or damaged five enemy ships and shot down 39 aircraft, earning 11 battle stars for its wartime service. Following the war, the vessel returned to the United States and operated with the Pacific Fleet until mid-1946 when it was decommissioned.
In 1964, the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including over 6000 school children, banded together to save the battleship, USS Massachusetts, from being scrapped, and bring her to the waterfront of historic Fall River on June 12, 1965 where it is now a National Historic Landmark (located at Battleship Cove) as part of the museum's historic vessel collection.
Vintage Sterling Silver Charm ~ Pendant is round, Measuring ~ 3/4 Inches In Diameter and depicting the ship in the center. It is Stamped "BRUCE STERLING" on the reverse and from its deliberate 'dull' finish to the silver... may date to the time it was moved to Fall River. It is in UNTOUCHED condition and may have been manufactured with a protective lacquer finish to help retard tarnish.
Would make a GREAT addition to your WWII, Nautical, Maritime, Historic Landmark, Museum or Northeastern US Charm Collection!