Nimitz, Chester William, FADM

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Last Rank
Fleet Admiral
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1951-1966, 112X, Unit Assignment Unknown
Service Years
1905 - 1966
Fleet Admiral
Fleet Admiral

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Kent Weekly (SS/DSV) (DBF), EMCS to remember Nimitz, Chester William, FADM.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Fredericksburg,, TX

Date of Passing
Feb 20, 1966
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon Greek Order of George I

 Military Association Memberships
American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Scabbard and Blade AssociationUnited States Naval InstituteNavy League of the United States
  1915, American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) [Verified]
  1926, Scabbard and Blade Association
  1928, United States Naval Institute [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1948, Navy League of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

This is a link to a partial message from FADM Nimitz in the National Archives:

Since the rank of Fleet Admiral is a lifetime appointment, he remained on active duty for the rest of his life, with full pay and benefits never retiring.

Please add Fleet Admiral Nimitz to your list of shipmates and visit often.

Fleet Admiral Nimitz was the 10th CNO in Navy history

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He was foremost a SUBMARINE OFFICER. His note to those surviving US SUBMARINERS


We, who survived World War II and were privileged to rejoin our loved ones at home, salute those gallant officers and men of our submarines who lost their lives in that long struggle. We shall never forget that it was our submarines that held the lines against the enemy while our fleets replaced losses and repaired wounds. 

C.W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, USN

A defining characteristic of Admiral Nimitz's life was his devotion to the Navy. After the war, he was to remark, "Being a part of the Navy is honorable and soul-satisfying work." In 1913, Nimitz was sent to Germany to study diesel engines and upon his return was instrumental in supervising the building of engines for the Navy's first diesel-powered ship, the MAUMEE. Aware of Lt. Nimitz's skill, a leading American engineering firm, offered him a job for $25,000 a year (his Navy pay was $3,456 at the time. He refused the offer, preferring the "honorable, soul-satisfying" duties of a Naval Officer.

Decorations and awards from foreign governments include:
Britain - Order of Knight Grand Cross of the Bath
Greece - Grand Cross of the Order of George I
China - Order of the Grand Cordon of Pao Ting (Tripod) Special Class
Guatemala - LaCruz de Merito Military de Primera Clase
Great Britain - Pacific Star
The Netherlands - Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords in the Degree of
the Knight Grand Cross
France - Grand Officer in the National Order of the Legion of Honor
Cuba - Grand Cross of the Order of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes
Argentina - Order of the Liberator
Belgium - Grand Cross of the Order of the Liberator, Grand Cross Order of
the Crown with Palm, Croiz de Guerro with Palm
Italy - Knight of the Grand Cross of the Military Order of Italy
Philippines - Medal of Valor
Ecuador - Star of Abdon Calderson (1st Class)

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 Duty Stations
CNO - OPNAVNAVSUBASE Pearl HarborNaval War College (Faculty Staff)NROTC (Faculty Staff)
USS Arizona (BB-39)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)United Nations Command (UNC)
  1901-1902, Unit Assignment Unknown
  1902-1902, USS Massachusetts (BB-2)
  1903-1903, USS Indiana (BB-1)
  1904-1904, Unit Assignment Unknown
  1905-1908, 110X, USS Ohio (BB-12)
  1906-1907, 110X, USS Baltimore (C-3)
  1907-1907, 111X, USS Panay (gunboat)
  1907-1907, 111X, Naval Station Polloc, Mindinao, RP
  1907-1908, 111X, USS Decatur (DD-5)
  1908-1908, 111X, USS Ranger (gun boat)
  1909-1910, 112X, USS Plunger / A-1 (SS-2)
  1910-1911, 112X, USS Snapper (SS-16)
  1911-1911, 112X, USS Narwhal (SS-17)
  1911-1911, Submarine Division 3
  1911-1912, 112X, Boston Navy Yard
  1912-1913, 112X, USS Skipjack (SS-24)
  1913-1916, 112X, New York
  1916-1917, 112X, USS Maumee (AO-2)
  1918-1919, 112X, CNO - OPNAV
  1919-1920, 112X, USS South Carolina (BB-26)
  1920-1922, 112X, USS Chicago (CA-14)
  1920-1922, 112X, Submarine Division 14
  1920-1922, 112X, NAVSUBASE Pearl Harbor
  1922-1923, 112X, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1923-1925, 112X, Commander Battle Ship Divisions Battle Fleet
  1923-1925, USS California (BB-44)
  1925-1926, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
  1926-1927, 112X, UC Berkeley NROTC (Faculty Staff)
  1927-1929, 112X, UC Berkeley NROTC (Faculty Staff)
  1929-1931, 112X, Submarine Division 20
  1931-1933, 112X, USS Rigel (AD-13)
  1933-1935, 112X, USS Augusta (CA-31)
  1935-1938, 112X, Bureau of Navigation
  1938-1938, Commander, Cruiser Division TWO
  1938-1939, 112X, Commander Battleship Division 1
  1938-1939, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1939-1941, 112X, Bureau of Navigation
  1941-1944, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1942-1944, Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas (CINCPOA)
  1944-1945, Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas (CINCPOA)
  1944-1945, 112X, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1945-1947, 112X, CNO - OPNAV
  1947-1948, 12th Naval District
  1948-1949, 112X, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1948-1949, 112X, Commander, Western Sea Frontier
  1949-1951, 112X, United Nations Command (UNC)
  1951-1966, 112X, Unit Assignment Unknown
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor12
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1942-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)1
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan, End of WWII22
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1901-1905, United States Naval Academy2
  1922-1923, Naval War College
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