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Chester Nimitz

US Admiral Chester Nimitz

Profession: US Admiral

United States of America

Why Famous: Fleet Admiral of the United States Navy. Played a major role in the Naval history of World War II as Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet, for U.S. naval forces and Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, for U.S. and Allied air, land, and sea forces during World War II.

Born: February 24, 1885
Birthplace: Fredericksburg, Texas, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: February 20, 1966 (aged 80)

Married Life

  • 1913-04-09 US Admiral Chester Nimitz (28) weds Catherine Freeman (21) in Wollaston, Massachusetts

Historical Events

  • 1942-06-07 Battle of Midway ends: Admiral Chester Nimitz wins 1st World War II naval defeat of Japan
  • 1942-09-30 Admiral Chester Nimitz's B-17 finds Guadalcanal using National Geographic map
  • 1943-07-20 US Joint Chiefs of Staff question Admiral Chester Nimitz over the landing on Gilbert Island
  • 1945-01-03 Admiral Chester Nimitz begins planning assaults on Okinawa and Iwo Jima in Japan

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