This enormous propellor (or screw) is 15′ across, solid bronze, and almost 25 000 pounds. It would have been one of several driving an Essex Class aircraft carrier during the war. It gives a sense of the scale of the conflict, but for me it also serves as a metaphor for the tenaciousness of the Allied forces. Despite heavy fire and severe damage, none of the Essex carriers were ever sunk.
It’s at the centre of a courtyard bounded by a limestone wall. The wall has almost uncountable placards commemorating individuals and squadrons who have played a role in the Pacific theatre. There are hundreds of names on that wall to be greatful to, and to draw inspiration from.