41st President. Uncommon 18-page program with large Vice Presidential Seal on cover with printed “40th Anniversary ‘Peace in the Pacific'” and dated August 14, 1985, signed and inscribed on front cover:
“To Bob on a very special day – so glad you came! George Bush”
“Bob – I’m glad we shared this great day! Warmly – Barbara Bush”
The item is inscribed to Bush’s fishing buddy Bob Boilard from Maine. He joined the Vice President and Mrs. Bush on the flight aboard Air Force Two from Pease AFB in New Hampshire to Naval Air Station Alameda. The original Air Force Two flight information sheet is also included as well as a copy of the briefing book for the trip which tracks all the movements of the Vice President.
Original staples removed. Unbelievable association to Bush’s World War II days.
According to news reports from the day:
Vice President George Bush, a decorated war hero who nearly lost his life in the Pacific, leads the U.S. commemoration of the end of World War II combat today aboard a modern warship.
Bush, who was shot down over the Bonin Islands during the war when he was 20 years old, planned to cast a wreath upon the waters of San Francisco Bay from the deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Enterprise.
The tribute to the 3 million men who served in the bloody Pacific Theatre comes 40 years to the day after Japan agreed to surrender after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Signing of the surrender papers actually came Sept. 2 aboard the battleship USS Missouri.
Bush, flying to and from his summer home in Maine today for the event, was invited to Reagan’s mountain ranch after the ceremonies.