December 17, 1941: Admiral Chester Nimitz Appointed to Command the Pacific Fleet

God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.

Chester W. Nimitz

Few American commanders have taken over a more desperate situation than Admiral Chester W. Nimitz did when he was appointed to be commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet seventy years ago on December 17, 1941.  Reeling from Pearl Harbor and ill-prepared for the Japanese onslaught, it was probably thought by some observers at the time that Nimitz was fated to be a footnote in history:  a man destined to do the best he could in a bad situation, and be a scapegoat for the disasters surely to be experienced by the United States in the Pacific prior to US industries producing the fleets necessary to turn the tide of the war. (more…)

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