Kimmel, Husband Edward, 1882-1968

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Husband Edward Kimmel (February 26, 1882 – May 14, 1968) was born in Henderson, Kentucky. He was nicknamed variously "Kim", "Hubbie" and "Mustafa", the last being a reference to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, due to the similar homophone between "Kimmel" and "Kemal". Kimmel graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1904. Before reaching flag rank, he served in several battleships, commanded two destroyer divisions, a destroyer squadron and USS New York (BB-34). He also held a number of important positions on flag staffs and in the Navy Department, and completed the senior course at the Naval War College.

After promotion to Rear Admiral in 1937, he commanded Cruiser Division Seven on a diplomatic cruise to South America and then became Commander Cruisers, Battle Force in 1939. In February 1941 he became Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet and Pacific Fleet, with the temporary rank of Admiral. Operating from the advanced base at Pearl Harbor, Kimmel led his fleet during the months of vigorous training that preceded the outbreak of the Pacific War. Relieved of his fleet command in mid-December 1941, following the the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Kimmel reverted to the rank of Rear Admiral and retired in March 1942. Rear Admiral Kimmel died at Groton, Connecticut, on 14 May 1968.

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creatorOf Husband Edward Kimmel Papers, 1907-1999 Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Kimmel, Husband Edward, 1882-1968. Letter, October 6, 1966. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library
creatorOf Kimmel, Husband Edward, 1882-1968. Letter, June 3, 1958. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library
referencedIn Eastman, Max Forrester, 1883-1969. Eastman mss. 1892-1968 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn President's Official Files (Roosevelt Administration), 1933 - 1945. Franklin D. Roosevelt President's Official Files, 1933 - 1945. OF 5563: Kimmel, Rear Admiral Husband E. 1939-1944. Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
creatorOf Kimmel, Husband Edward, 1882-1968. Husband Edward Kimmel : miscellaneous papers, 1958-1964. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf John Franklin Shafroth Papers. 1936 - 1967. Subject Files Herbert Hoover Library
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Documentary Films. 1914 - 1944. (OVERSEAS ACTIVITY. 1941.) National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Layton, Edwin T., 1903-. Oral history typescript of reminiscences. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library
referencedIn Record Group 80:General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1804 - 1983. Case Files of Individuals Connected with the Pearl Harbor Investigations, 1945 - 1946. Statement by Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel. National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Pfeiffer, Omar Titus, 1895-. Omar T. Pfeiffer interview transcript, 1968. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Morgenstern, George, 1906-1988. Papers, 1946-1969. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Simpson, B. Mitchell (Benjamin Mitchell), 1932-. [Unpublished biography of Admiral Harold R. Stark] / by B. Mitchell Simpson, III. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library
referencedIn Official Files (Truman Administration), 1945 - 1953. Official Files , 1945 - 1953. Kimmel, Rear Adm. Husband E., OF 700. Harry S. Truman Library
referencedIn Craven, Thomas T. (Thomas Tingey), 1873-1950. Papers, 1842-1969 (bulk 1917-1945). Library of Congress
referencedIn Craven, Thomas T. (Thomas Tingey), 1873-1950. Thomas T. Craven papers, 1842-1969 (bulk 1917-1945). Library of Congress
referencedIn Dingwell, John E. Papers, 1933-1959. Operational Archive Branch, Naval History Center
referencedIn Thomas T. Craven Papers, 1842-1969, 1917-1945 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS {DEC 9} National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [NOV. 21] National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Kimmel, Husband Edward, 1882-1968. Papers of Husband Edward Kimmel, 1954-1955. Library of Congress
creatorOf Kimmel, Husband Edward, 1882-1968. Papers, 1943, 1966-1967. Operational Archive Branch, Naval History Center
creatorOf Kimmel, Husband Edward, 1882-1968. Statement [manuscript] 1945. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Rogers, John C. Newspaper clipping, [n.d.] Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library
creatorOf Barnes, Harry Elmer, 1889-1968. Papers, 1887-1977 (bulk 1920-1968). Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Neumann, William L. (William Louis), 1915-. Papers, 1925-1971. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [JAN. 23] National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Simpson, B. Mitchell (Benjamin Mitchell), 1932-. Papers, 1883-1992. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library
referencedIn Baldridge, Harry Alexander, 1880-1952. Papers of Harry Alexander Baldridge, 1902-1947. Library of Congress
creatorOf Hiles, Charles C. Papers, 1871-1975 (bulk 1929-1979). Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Kimmel, Husband Edward, 1882-1968. Husband Edward Kimmel Papers, 1907-1999. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS {NOV. 21} National Archives at College Park
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correspondedWith Baldridge, Harry Alexander, 1880-1952. person
associatedWith Barnes, Harry Elmer, 1889-1968. person
associatedWith Beaty, John Owen, 1890-1961. person
associatedWith Bloch, Claude Charles, 1878-1967. person
associatedWith Cannon, Clarence, 1879-1964. person
associatedWith Craven, Thomas T. (Thomas Tingey), 1873-1950. person
associatedWith Dingwell, John E. person
associatedWith Eastman, Max, 1883-1969 person
associatedWith Grew, Joseph C. (Joseph Clark), 1880-1965. person
associatedWith Hiles, Charles C. person
associatedWith Kimmel family family
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associatedWith Krause, Fred L. person
associatedWith Landon, H. Hayes. person
associatedWith Layton, Edwin T., 1903- person
associatedWith Morgenstern, George, 1906-1988. person
associatedWith Neumann, William L. (William Louis), 1915- person
associatedWith Pfeiffer, Omar Titus, 1895- person
associatedWith Poindexter, Romaine. person
associatedWith Richardson, James O. (James Otto), 1878-1974. person
associatedWith Roberts Commission on the Facts of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Rogers, John C. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Safford, Laurance F. person
associatedWith Shafroth, J. F. (John Franklin), 1887-1967. person
associatedWith Short, Walter Campbell, 1880-1949. person
associatedWith Simpson, B. Mitchell (Benjamin Mitchell), 1932- person
associatedWith Stark, Harold R. (Harold Raynsford), 1880-1972. person
associatedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 person
associatedWith United States. Congress. Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack. corporateBody
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associatedWith United States. Office of War Information corporateBody
associatedWith Waybright, Edgar W. person
associatedWith Yarnell, Harry E. (Harry Ervin), 1875-1959. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Groton CT US
Kentucky KY US
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Admirals--Archives
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
Admirals--Correspondence
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941--Sources
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns
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Admirals--United States
Naval officers
Rear Admiral
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Birth 1882-02-26

Death 1968-05-14

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