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, 110X, CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1905 - 1966
Fleet Admiral
Fleet Admiral

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Contact Info
Home Town
Fredericksburg, TX
Last Address
Yerba Buena Island, CA

Date of Passing
Feb 20, 1966
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
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 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
WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  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
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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.

Because the rank of Fleet Admiral was a lifetime appointment, FADM Nimitz retired on Decmeber 15,1947 yet remained on the active rolls until his death in 1966.
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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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Submarine Officer Badge

 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
US NavyCOMNAVSUBFORUSS Plunger / A-1 (SS-2)USS Narwhal (SS-17)
Commander Submarine Flotillas, Atlantic FleetSupervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP)COMSUBLANT, COMNAVSUBFORCNO - OPNAV
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)
  1902-1902, USS Massachusetts (BB-2)
  1903-1903, USS Indiana (BB-1)
  1905-1906, USS Ohio (BB-12)
  1906-1907, USS Baltimore (C-3)
  1907-1907, NAVSTA Pollokc, Mindinao, PI
  1907-1908, USS Panay (gunboat)
  1908-1908, USS Decatur (DD-5)
  1908-1909, USS Ranger (gun boat)
  1909-1910, USS Plunger / A-1 (SS-2)
  1910-1910, USS Snapper (SS-16)
  1910-1911, USS Narwhal (SS-17)
  1911-1911, Submarine Division 3
  1911-1912, Boston Navy Yard
  1912-1912, USS Skipjack (SS-24)
  1912-1913, Commander Submarine Flotillas, Atlantic Fleet
  1913-1916, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP) Groton, CT
  1916-1917, USS Maumee (AO-2)
  1918-1919, CNO - OPNAV
  1919-1920, USS South Carolina (BB-26)
  1920-1922, 112X, USS Chicago (CA-14)
  1923-1924, Commander Battle Fleet
  1924-1926, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
  1926-1929, UC Berkeley NROTC (Cadre)
  1929-1931, Submarine Division 20
  1931-1933, USS Rigel (AD-13)
  1933-1935, USS Augusta (CA-31)
  1935-1938, Bureau of Navigation
  1938-1938, Commander, Cruiser Division TWO
  1938-1939, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1938-1939, Commander Battleship Division 1
  1939-1941, Bureau of Navigation
  1941-1942, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1942-1945, 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, 110X, CNO - OPNAV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  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 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)1
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Angaur
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  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/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan, End of WWII6
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1901-1905, United States Naval Academy1
  1922-1923, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  The Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award - US Navy League1
  The Admiral Nimitz Museum (The National Museum of the Pacific War)8
  Chester W. Nimitz Middle School - Huntington Park, California1
  Nimitz Street, Exmouth, Western Australia
  Nimitz Way Trail, Tilden Park, Berkeley, CA2
  NAMESAKE - Nimitz Elementary School - Kerrville, TX1
  Sep 07, 1901, Sworn in as a Naval Cadet
  Jan 07, 1907, Commissioned Ensign2
  Aug 15, 1908, Court Martial of Ensign Chester W. Nimitz
  Jan 31, 1910, Advanced to LT
  Jun 20, 1912, Naval War College lecture - "DEFENSIVE AND OFFENSIVE TACTIC of SUBMARINES"
  Apr 19, 1913, Marriage of Chester Nimitz and Catherine Freeman1
  Aug 29, 1916, Advanced to LCDR
  Mar 08, 1918, Advanced to Commander
  Jun 02, 1927, Advanced to Captain
  Jun 01, 1928, Article - USNI Proceedings - The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps1
  Jun 23, 1938, Advanced to Rear Admiral1
  Dec 27, 1941, Fredricksburg, Texas NIMITZ DAY
  Dec 31, 1941, Advanced to Admiral
  May 18, 1942, TIME MAGAZINE COVER 1
  Jun 14, 1942, Admitted to RED TAPE CUTTERS association1
  Jun 15, 1942, Cincpac File No. A16 Ser: 01849
  Jun 17, 1942, CincPac File No. A16(4)/Coral Sea Serial 01704
  Jun 21, 1942, Cincpac File No. A8/(37)JAP/(26) Serial 01753
  Jun 28, 1942, CINCPACFLT Action Report - Battle of Midway
  Jun 30, 1942, Nimitz Plane Crash @ NAS Alameda, CA onboard XPBS-1
  Jul 05, 1942, Chicago Sun newspaper insert1
  Jul 22, 1942, Chester W. Nimitz Day in Texas1
  Dec 27, 1942, Chester Nimitz Day, Fredericksburg, Texas
  Mar 06, 1944, LIFE MAGAZINE COVER1
  Apr 10, 1944, Nimitz Bowl Navy Gloves Boxing Championship, Aiea, Oahu, TH3
  Jul 10, 1944, LIFE MAGAZINE COVER1
  Jul 26, 1944, BIG - 3 Conference in Pearl Harbor2
  Oct 10, 1944, Letter to Destroyers, Pacific1
  Oct 26, 1944, Letter from CINCPAC to all Pacific Fleet units2
  Dec 18, 1944, XMAS message to the fleet1
  Dec 19, 1944, Advanced to Fleet Admiral2
  Jan 11, 1945, Honorary Knight Grand Cross Military Division of the Order of the Bath
  Feb 26, 1945, TIME MAGAZINE COVER1
  Mar 15, 1945, YOUNG AMERICA magazine cover1
  Jun 01, 1945, Airfield dedication on Guam
  Jun 10, 1945, Addressing Joint Session of Congress1
  Jun 14, 1945, 501st Bomb Group, 315th Bomb Wing B-29 Dedication Ceremony2
  Aug 10, 1945, Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of Bath 2
  Sep 02, 1945, Japan Surrenders6
  Oct 05, 1945, NIMITZ DAY PARADE, Washington DC7
  Oct 05, 1945, Admiral Chester W. Nimitzā??s address to a Joint Meeting of Congress
  Oct 12, 1945, FADM visits the Texas Hall of State3
  Oct 27, 1945, Navy Day Ceremony, Hawaii - Honorary High Chief of Hawaii1
  Nov 24, 1945, CINCPAC Change of Command
  Jan 28, 1946, Roosevelt Birthday Ball5
  Nov 16, 1946, Navy - Penn State Football Game
  Oct 16, 1947, Honorary Chief Ottawa tribe. Indian name - Be-lea-na-ga (The Winner)3
  Dec 15, 1947, "Who Commands Sea -- Commands Trade"
  Dec 15, 1947, FADM Nimitz - CNO Change of Command2
  Feb 16, 1948, "Operation Toe" letter1
  Feb 12, 1951, Swearing In Of President's Commission On Internal Security and Individual Rights1
  Jul 27, 1951, Funeral for Admiral Forrest P. Sherman, Chief of Naval Operations1
  Aug 25, 1951, Re-Commissioning of USS IOWA (BB-61)1
  Feb 16, 1952, Dedication of Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA5
  Sep 03, 1954, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Elementary School, Honolulu, HI2
  Aug 30, 1957, Chester W. Nimitz Elementary School, Sunnyvale, CA1
  Apr 15, 1958, NAMESAKE - NIMITZ FREEWAY - I-880 in San Francisco
  May 16, 1958, Letter to 6th Grade students at Chester W. Nimitz School1
  Oct 27, 1961, NAMESAKE - Nimitz Junior High School, Tulsa, OK1
  Nov 04, 1962, NAMESAKE - NIMITZ GLACIER - Antartica
  Oct 17, 1964, Nimitz Day, UC Berkeley1
  Nov 02, 1964, Submarine Force conference officers at the Nimitz home
  Feb 20, 1966, Death of FADM Nimitz5
  Feb 21, 1966, Nimitz Obituary
  Feb 24, 1966, Burial at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA3
  Jan 26, 1967, Dedication of Nimitz Airfield, Alameda NAS3
  Aug 02, 1968, Chester W. Nimitz High School, Irving, TX1
  May 03, 1975, NAMESAKE - USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)5
  Sep 01, 1978, Chester W. Nimitz Senior High School, (Harris County, Texas)2
  May 30, 2008, Various and Namesake photos50
  Feb 16, 2014, General Photos2
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