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World War II 1
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Navy 1
Rank:
Fleet Admiral 1
Birth:
Fredericksburg, Texas 1
Death:
20 Feb 1966 1
Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco Bay, California, USA 1
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Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz
Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz
Chester Nimitz as Fleet Admiral -- (U.S. Naval Historical Center)
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Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Signs For The United States During The Surrender Ceremonies On The U.S.S. Missouri In Tokyo Bay, August 31, 1945. At The Microphone At The Left Is General Of The Army Douglas Macarthur.
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Admiral Nimitz looks at the camera as President Franklin D. Roosevelt liste
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Letter Received From General Thomas T. Handy To General Carl Spaatz Authorizing The Dropping Of The First Atomic Bomb. Japan.
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Nimitz (left), Marianas Islands.
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Nimitz, Wake Island, 1942.
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Chester Nimitz, 1960
Chester Nimitz, 1960
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Chester Nimitz, National Portrait Gallery
Chester Nimitz, National Portrait Gallery
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Chester Nimitz, circa 1905
Chester Nimitz, circa 1905
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President Harry Truman, Admiral Chester Nimitz, and professional horseshoe pitcher Jimmy Risk.jpg
President Harry Truman, Admiral Chester Nimitz, and professional horseshoe pitcher Jimmy Risk.jpg
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General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (left) and Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.jpg
General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (left) and Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.jpg
General Douglas MacArthur und Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.jpg
General Douglas MacArthur und Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.jpg
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Brigadier General William T. Clement, USMC (left), Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN (center) and Admiral William F. Halsey, USN (right.jpg
Brigadier General William T. Clement, USMC (left), Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN (center) and Admiral William F. Halsey, USN (right.jpg
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Awarded Silver Star by Admiral Nimitz
Awarded Silver Star by Admiral Nimitz

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Full Name:
Chester William Nimitz 2
Also known as:
Chesty 2
Full Name:
Chester Nimitz 3
Birth:
Fredericksburg, Texas 2
Male 2
Birth:
24 Feb 1885 3
Death:
20 Feb 1966 2
Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco Bay, California, USA 2
Death:
Feb 1966 3
Burial:
Burial Date: 24 Feb 1966 2
Burial Place: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California 2
Residence:
Place: 1306 Bay View Place, Berkeley, California 2
From: 1926 2
To: 1929 2
Residence:
Place: San Pedro, California 2
From: 1923 2
To: 1926 2
Residence:
Place: Newport, Rhode Island 2
From: 1922 2
To: 1923 2
Residence:
Place: Minoa Valley, Hawaii 2
From: 1920 2
To: 1922 2
Residence:
Place: Brooklyn, New York 2
From: 1913 2
To: 1917 2
Residence:
Place: Honolulu, Hawaii 2
Residence:
Place: Kerrville, Texas 2
From: 1900 2
Residence:
Place: Boston, Massachusetts 2
From: 1910 2
Residence:
Place: 309 Thorn Street, San Diego, California 92103 2
From: 1929 2
From: 1929 2
To: 1931 2
Residence:
Place: New London, Connecticut 2
From: 1917 2
From: 1920 2
To: 1920 2
Residence:
Last Residence: San Francisco, CA 3
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Birth:
Mother: Anna (née Henke) Nimitz 2
Father: Chester Bernhard Nimitz 2
Marriage:
Catherine Vance Freeman 2
09 Apr 1913 2
Wollaston, Massachusetts 2
Spouse Death Date: 01 Feb 1979 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Fleet Admiral 1
Service Start Date:
1905 4
Service End Date:
1966 4
Battles:
Battle of the Coral Sea; Battle of Midway; Solomon Islands campaign; Battle of the Philippine Sea; Battle of Leyte Gulf; Battle of Iwo Jima; Battle of Okinawa 4
Commands held:
US Pacific Fleet; Pacific Oceans Area 4

World War I 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Lieutenant Commander; Commander 1
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Quote:
The U.S.'s major strength factor and weapon is its economy. If you cripple it, you cripple the military. -- (TIME) 2
Occupation:
Officer -- U.S. Navy 2
Race or Ethnicity:
German Texan 2
Employment:
Employer: U.S. Navy 2
Position: Chief of Naval Operations 2
Start Date: 15 Dec 1945 2
End Date: 15 Dec 1947 2
Employment:
Employer: U.S. Navy 2
Position: Fleet Admiral 2
Start Date: 19 Dec 1944 2
End Date: 26 Nov 1945 2
Employment:
Employer: U.S. Navy 2
Position: Admiral 2
Start Date: 31 Dec 1941 2
End Date: 19 Dec 1944 2
Employment:
Employer: U.S. Navy 2
Position: Rear Admiral (upper half) 2
Start Date: 23 Jun 1938 2
End Date: 31 Dec 1941 2
Employment:
Employer: U.S. Navy 2
Position: Captain 2
Start Date: 02 Jun 1927 2
End Date: 23 Jun 1938 2
Employment:
Employer: U.S. Navy 2
Position: Commander 2
Start Date: 01 Feb 1918 2
End Date: 02 Jun 1927 2
Employment:
Employer: U.S. Navy 2
Position: Lieutenant Commander 2
Start Date: 29 Aug 1916 2
End Date: 01 Feb 1918 2
Employment:
Employer: U.S. Navy 2
Position: Lieutenant 2
Start Date: 31 Jan 1910 2
End Date: 29 Aug 1916 2
Employment:
Employer: U.S. Navy 2
Position: Ensign 2
Start Date: 07 Jan 1907 2
End Date: 31 Jan 1910 2
Education:
Institution: United States Naval Academy 2
Place: Annapolis, Maryland 2
From: 1901 2
To: 30 Jan 1905 2
Appointed Fleet Admiral (5 Stars):
December 1944 4
Childhood Nickname:
"Cottonhead" (for his very light-toeheaded-blond hair) 2
Social Security:
Card Issued: California 3
Social Security Number: ***-**-3823 3

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Distinguished Service Medal (#3) citation

Washington DC

October 5, 1945 

THE PRESIDENT of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Gold Star in lieu of the Third Distinguished Service Medal to

FLEET ADMIRAL CHESTER WILLIAM NIMITZ, UNITED STATES NAVY

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION

For exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States as Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas, from June 1944, to August 1945. Initiating the final phase in the battle for victory in the Pacific, Fleet Admiral Nimitz attacked the Marianas, invading Saipan, inflicting a decisive defeat in the Japanese Fleet in the First Battle of the Philippines and capturing Guam and Tinian. In vital continuing operations, his Fleet Forces isolated the enemy-held bastions of the Central and Eastern Carolinas and secured in quick succession Peleliu, Angaur and Ulithi. With reconnaissance of the main beaches on Leyte effected, approach channels cleared and opposition neutralized in joint operations to reoccupy the Philippines, the challenge by powerful task forces of the Japanese Fleet resulted in a historic victory in the three-phased Battle for Leyte Gulf, October 24 to 26, 1944. Accelerating the intensity of aerial offensive by pressure exerted at every hostile strong point, Fleet Admiral Nimitz culminated long-range strategy by successful amphibious assault on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. A wise, steadfast and indomitable leader, Fleet Admiral Nimitz, by his daring strategy and his faith in the courage and skill of the officers and men under his command, finally placed representative forces of the United States Navy in the harbor of Tokyo for the formal capitulation of the Japanese Empire. Through his mastery of naval warfare, his strategical skill, his sound judgment and his inspiring leadership, he demonstrated the highest qualities of a naval officer and rendered services of the greatest distinction to his country.
HARRY S. TRUMAN

NOTE: The President read the citation to Admiral Nimitz and presented him with the award in a ceremony held in the Rose Garden at the White House. Although the ceremony called for the Gold Star, the President also pinned the Distinguished Service Medal on Admiral Nimitz.

(Source: http://www.trumanlibrary.org/publicpapers/index.php?pid=170&st=&st1=)

Distinguished Service Medal (#4) citation

Washington DC

December 11, 1947 

THE PRESIDENT of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Gold Star in lieu of the Fourth Distinguished Service Medal to

FLEET ADMIRAL CHESTER WILLIAM NIMITZ, UNITED STATES NAVY

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

For exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States in duties of great responsibility as Commanderin-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas, from August 1945, and as Chief of Naval Operations from December 1945, to December 1947. With his primary and immediate objective the difficult task of reducing the most powerful Navy in history to a fraction of its wartime' peak, Fleet Admiral Nimitz administered not only the rapid demobilization of vast numbers of personnel and vessels, but also the programs for the establishment and maintenance of Active and Reserve Fleets with the potential strength and readiness required to support our national policy. Responsible for the organizational readjustment and training in all fields of Naval interest, Fleet Admiral Nimitz rendered distinguished service to his country during this critical period by insuring to the greatest possible extent the Navy's ability to maintain and further the security of the Nation.
HARRY S. TRUMAN

NOTE: The presentation was made by the President in a ceremony at the White House at 3:30 p.m.

(Source: http://www.trumanlibrary.org/publicpapers/index.php?pid=1854&st=&st1=)

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