Nimitz, Chester W. (Chester William), 1885-1966

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Birth 1885-02-24
Death 1966-02-20
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Biographical notes:

Chester W. Nimitz was born in 1885 in Fredericksburg, TX and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1905. He graduated from the Naval War College in 1923. He was CIC Pacific Fleet and CIC Pacific Ocean Areas during World War II. He served as CNO, 1945-1947 when he retired.

From the description of Letter, February 11, 1946. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 748670653

Admiral Chester William Nimitz (1885-1966) was a career officer in the U.S. Navy. He was named Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet in December 1941, and served as Chief of Naval Operations from December 15, 1945 to December 15, 1947. In December 1947 he retired and moved to San Francisco, and after 1949 he devoted much time to serving as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations.

From the description of Nimitz, Chester W. (Chester William), 1885-1966 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10571345

Nimitz was born in 1885 in Fredericksburg, TX and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1905. He graduated from the Naval War College in 1923. He was CIC Pacific Fleet and CIC Pacific Ocean Areas during World War II. He served as CNO, 1945-1947 when he retired.

From the description of Typescript, December 7, 1941. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 739100144

From the description of Letter, January 4, 1949. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 731176808

From the description of News clipping, [1948]. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 748668456

From the description of Letter, February 25, 1949. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 704563899

Nimitz was a fleet admiral during World War II.

From the description of Letter, January 10, 1953. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 708055630

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz was a graduate of the Naval Academy in 1905. During his career as a naval officer, Nimitz served in many jobs. After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Admiral Nimitz was appointed the commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Because of his conduct of naval operations in the Pacific after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he almost halted naval activities by the Japanese in the Pacific by September 1945. On September 2, 1945, he signed the Japanese surrender document aboard the Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Nimitz later attained the rank of chief of naval operations and then the rank of fleet admiral. He died in San Francisco, CA, on February 20, 1966 at the age of eighty.

From the description of Letter, January 16, 1946. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 46343929

Chester W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, was born in Fredericksburg, TX, February 24, 1885. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1905 and from the Naval War College in 1923. In 1941, he was named CIC, PACFLT, with the rank of Admiral. He led the Naval Forces to victory in the Pacific during WWII. He served as CNO from 1945 to 1947. He died in 1966.

From the description of Letter, October 18, 1945. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 732622018

U.S. naval officer, Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet during World War II (1942-1945). Graduate U.S. Naval Academy (1905). Served in Philippines (1905-1908). Commanded submarines, became expert on diesel engines and undersea warfare (1908-1916). Chief of Staff to Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in World War I (1917-1918). Assistant Chief of Bureau of Navigation after World War I. Promoted to Rear Admiral (1938). Chief of Bureau of Navigation at outset of World War II, was appointed Commander of Pacific Fleet. U.S. Pacific Fleet victories in Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf (1944) drastically reduced Japanese naval power, facilitating invasion of Japan (1945). Retired from active duty (1947), but served as United Nations administrator in India-Pakistan dispute over Kashmir (1949).

From the description of Chester W. Nimitz papers and photographs, 1865-1962. (University of the Pacific). WorldCat record id: 35157834

Chester W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet in 1941. His conduct of Pacific operations resulted in victory for the U.S. Forces and the defeat of Japan. He served as Chief of Naval Operations, 1945-1947.

From the description of Letter, July 10, 1946. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 45622142

Naval officer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Chester W. Nimitz : oral history, 1965. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122620408

Chester W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, was born in 1885 in Fredericksburg, TX. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1905. Nimitz was a member of the NWC Senior Class of 1923. In 1941, he was named Commander of the Pacific Fleet and from 1945 to 1947, he was Chief of Naval Operations.

From the description of Letter, [n.d.] (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 17913800

ADM Chester W. Nimitz was commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas during the Second World War. He was promoted to Fleet Admiral and served as CNO, 1945-1947.

From the description of Letter, September 28, 1965. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 17998011

From the description of Letter, June 8, 1944. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 704350615

From the description of Signed cover, July 4, 1942. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 738406702

Chester W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, was born in 1885 in Fredericksburg, TX. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1905. In 1941, he was named Commander of the Pacific Fleet and from 1945 to 1947, he was Chief of Naval Operations.

From the description of Letter, March 17, 1941. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 729747001

Chester William Nimitz (1885-1966) was a U.S. Navy Admiral, who served in World War I and World War II. Nimitz graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, seventh in his class, in 1905. He soon became an expert at undersea operations and commanded the Pearl Harbor Submarine Division. In 1926, he went to the University of California at Berkeley to design a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. Afterwards he progressed through the ranks of the Navy, becoming chief of the Bureau of Navigation in 1939. When Adm. Husband E. Kimmel was relieved from command of the Pacific Fleet, Nimitz replaced him as commander-in-chief on December 25, 1941. The next year he was appointed to command the Pacific Oceans Areas in the Pacific Theater. In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the temporary rank of Fleet Admiral of the U.S. Navy and appointed Nimitz to the rank. Finally he coordinated the offensive that brought on Japan's surrender and represented the U.S. in the peace treaty signed on the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. Two years later, he unofficially retired to life as a roving ambassador for the United Nations and chairman of the Presidential Commission on Internal Security and Individual Rights by President Harry S. Truman’s appointment.

A native of Fredericksburg, Texas, Chester W. Nimitz was the grandson of Charles H. Nimitz, who served as father figure after his father's death before his birth. He married Catherine Vance Freeman in 1913, and the couple had four children. He was the cousin of Herman W. Toepperwein and Mrs. Bertha Riley. Toepperwein was the brother of Mrs. W. H. Morrow.

Source:

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. Nimitz, Chester William, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/NN/fni5.html (accessed June 23, 2010).

From the guide to the Nimitz, Chester W. Papers 90-078; 94-214., 1902-1972 (bulk 1962-1968), (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Chester William Nimitz (1885-1966) was a U.S. Navy Admiral, who served in World War I and World War II.

Nimitz graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, seventh in his class, in 1905. He soon became an expert at undersea operations and commanded the Pearl Harbor Submarine Division. In 1926, he went to the University of California at Berkeley to design a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. Afterwards he progressed through the ranks of the Navy, becoming chief of the Bureau of Navigation in 1939. When Adm. Husband E. Kimmel was relieved from command of the Pacific Fleet, Nimitz replaced him as commander-in-chief on December 25, 1941. The next year he was appointed to command the Pacific Oceans Areas in the Pacific Theater. In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the temporary rank of Fleet Admiral of the U.S. Navy and appointed Nimitz to the rank. Finally he coordinated the offensive that brought on Japan's surrender and represented the U.S. in the peace treaty signed on the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. Two years later, he unofficially retired to life as a roving ambassador for the United Nations and chairman of the Presidential Commission on Internal Security and Individual Rights by President Harry S. Truman's appointment.

A native of Fredericksburg, Texas, Chester W. Nimitz was the grandson of Charles H. Nimitz, who served as father figure after his father's death before his birth. He married Catherine Vance Freeman in 1913, and the couple had four children. He was the cousin of Herman W. Toepperwein and Mrs. Bertha Riley. Toepperwein was the brother of Mrs. W. H. Morrow.

Source:

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. Nimitz, Chester William,http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/NN/fni5.html (accessed June 23, 2010).

From the description of Nimitz, Chester W., Papers, 1902-1972 (bulk 1962-1968) (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 776924336

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Subjects:

  • Admirals--Correspondence
  • Admirals
  • Admirals--United States
  • World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns
  • World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean
  • Veterans--Interviews
  • Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
  • Warships--Photographs
  • Naval education

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  • Fredericksburg (Tex.) (as recorded)
  • Fredericksburg (Tex.) (as recorded)
  • Pacific Ocean (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)