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Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

Documents relating to Admiral Nimitz's naval career in the Navy Department Library.

Note: (os) Oversized document

United States Naval Academy
Certificate of Completion, Preparatory Course Afloat 30 Jan 1905 (os)
Certificate of Graduation 25 Feb 1907 (os)
Diploma - Bachelor of Science 8 Sep 1937
Certificate, Degree
United States Naval War College, Newport, RI   1923
Commission/Appointment, Certificates of
Appointment Naval Cadet   7 Sep 1901
Appointment Cadet Lieutenant - United States Naval Academy,   1 Oct 1904
Commission Ensign - copy of original document signed by Pres. Theodore Roosevelt   11 Mar 1907
Commission Ensign - signed by Pres. Theodore Roosevelt   18 Feb 1908 (os)
Commission Lieutenant (jg) - signed by Pres. William Howard Taft   12 Mar 1910 (os)
Commission Lieutenant Commander - signed by Pres. Woodrow Wilson   16 Mar 1917
Commission Commander - signed by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels   11 Nov 1920
Commission Commander - signed by Pres. Warren G. Harding   15 Dec 1921 (os)
Commission Captain - signed by Pres. Calvin Coolidge   24 Dec 1927 (os)
Appointment Chief, Bureau of Navigation - signed by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt   15 Jun 1939 (os)
Commission Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet - signed by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt   14 Jan 1942 (os)
Commission Admiral - signed by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt   15 Sep 1944 (os)
Commission Rear Admiral - by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt   (undated) (os)
Commission Fleet Admiral - signed by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt   16 Dec 1944 (os)
Commission Fleet Admiral - signed by Pres. Harry Truman   2 Apr 1946 (os)
Silver Star - Letter of Commendation 23 Nov 1920
Citation Distinguished Service Medal 1942
Distinguished Service Medal - citation signed by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt circa 1942
Distinguished Service Medal - citation by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt circa 1942
Distinguished Service Medal - citation 1944
Gold Star - citation signed by Pres. Harry Truman circa 1945
Distinguished Service Medal - certificate 14 Oct 1946
Distinguished Service Medal - citation signed by Pres. Harry Truman circa 1947
Distinguished Service Medal - certificate 5 Feb 1948
International Honors
Territory of Hawaii Resolution 10 Mar 1943
Territory of Hawaii Resolution 24 Feb 1943
Republica del Ecuador – Diploma 30 Mar 1944 (os)
Honorary Knight Grand Cross Military Division of the Order of the Bath 11 Jan 1945 (os)
Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of Bath by First Lord of the Admiralty, Admiralty, Whitehall, England 10 Aug 1945
Knight Grand-Cross in the Order of Orange Nassau by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands 4 Dec 1946 (with translation in English)
Grand Croix De L'orde De La Couronne Avec Palme by Belgium 28 Apr 1947
La Cruz de Merito Militar de Primera Clase by Republic of Guatemala 30 Apr 1947 (os)
Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur by Republique Francais 19 Nov 1947 (os)
Cavaliere di Gran Croce by Repubblica Italiana 5 Dec 1947
Orden del Libertador San Martin by De la Nacion Republica Argentina 10 Dec 1947 (os)
Citation, Chinese Embassy 8 Mar 1947
Ordem do Merito Naval by Republica dos Estados Unidos do Brasil 13 Nov 1958 (os)
Governmental Honors
United States Treasury Department Citation 8 Mar 1945
Honorary Citizen of City of New York 9 Oct 1945 (os)
City of New Orleans, LA - Honorary Citizen of New Orleans 18 Jun 1946
State of Texas, Commission - Chief of Naval Operations of the Texas Navy 15 Dec 1947
State of Texas - Honorary Texas Ranger 19 Apr 1948
Commonwealth of Cape Cod, MA 4 Jul 1952 (os)
Office of the Mayor, City of New York, NY at Navy League Convention 2 May 1957 (os)
California Legislature, Resolution on 74th Birthday 25 Feb 1959 (os)
City of Richmond, CA, Welcome to Richmond 14 May 1959
Senate of Texas, Resolution 21 Feb 1963
Certificate in Japanese - not translated (undated) (os)
Certificate in Greek – not translated (undated)
Civic, Industry Honors
The Society of the Sigma Xi - Honorary Member of California Chapter 24 Mar 1928 (os)
Philosophical Society of Texas 4 Dec 1943
The Sons of the Republic of Texas - Member 15 Dec 1943
Department of Kentucky Veterans of Foreign Wars 14 Aug 1944
United Daughters of the Confederacy - Cross of Military Service 23 Nov 1944
College of Fishing and Hunting circa 1945 (os)
Kerryville Junior Chamber of Commerce - Life Membership 13 Oct 1945
National Geographic Society - Life Member 9 Jul 1946
The Texas State Society circa 1947 (os)
National Celebrities Golf Tournament, Washington Post - Participation in 17-18 May 1947
International Mark Twain Society, St. Louis, MO - Knight of Mark Twain 12 Aug 1947
Polish Legion of American Veterans, National Department 30 Aug - 1 Sep 1947
Navy League of the United States 27 Oct 1947
Pine Ridge Navy 25 Nov 1947
Society of American Military Engineers - Certificate of Appreciation 10 Jun 1948
Navy Industrial Association, Inc. - Honorary Member 14 Sep 1948 (os)
Navy League of the United States 27 Oct 1948
The War Memorial Museum of Virginia 30 May 1949
American War Correspondents Association - Honorary Member 25 Jan 1950
Chatterbox Club - Honorary Member 30 Jul 1950
The Sons of the Republic of Texas - Knight of San Jacinto 21 Apr 1953
Texas Navy, Commission - Admiral circa 1955
Boys' Clubs of America - Certificate of Appreciation 23 May 1956
Rotary International - Certificate of Appreciation, Castro Valley 26 Nov 1957
United States Junior Chamber of Commerce - Certificate of Appreciation 1960
Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL - Honorary Alumnus (undated)
Readers of the Newspaper PM, Society of Red Tape Cutters (artwork by Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss) (undated)
Seabee Veterans of America, Michigan Department - Distinguished Service Award (undated)
Minute Men of America - Honorary Life Member (undated)
University of California - Certificate of Appreciation (undated)
Honorary Degrees
University of California - Doctor of Laws 6 Jun 1943 (os)
University of Hawaii, Doctor of Science 9 Jun 1944
Fordham University (Universitatis Fordhamensis) - Legum Doctoratum 7 Dec 1944 (os)
University of Texas - Phi Beta Kappa 22 May 1945
Tivy High School, Kerrville, Texas - Diploma 13 Oct 1945
University of Richmond, Virginia - Doctor of Laws 28 Mar 1946 (os)
Dominion University (Universitatis Dominae) - Legum Doctor 15 May 1946 (os)
Northwestern University - Doctor of Laws 16 May 1946
Wayne University, Detroit, MI - Doctor of Laws with citation 24 Oct 1946
Lafayettense College (Collegii Lafayettense) - Legum Doctoris 6 Jun 1947 (os)
Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas - Doctor of Laws with citation 17 Jun 1946 (os)
University of South Carolina - Doctor of Civil Law with citation 19 Jun 1946 (os)
Tulane University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA - Doctor of Laws 19 Jun 1946
University of South Carolina (Universitatis Carolinae Australis) - Legum Civilium Doctoris 19 Jun 1946 (os)
University of Syracuse, NY (Universitas Syrarusama) - Legum Doctorem 26 Aug 1946 (os)
Williams College, Williamstown, MA - Legum Doctorem (Doctor of Laws) with citation 12 Oct 1946
Columbia University, NY (Vniversitatis Colvmbiae) - Doctoris In Legibvs 21 Feb 1947 (os)
Seton College (Collegii Setoniensis) - Legum Civilium Doctorem 30 May 1947 (os)
University of Alabama - Doctor of Laws with citation 10 Jun 1947
Princeton University citation - Doctor of Laws honoris causa 17 Jun 1947
Princeton University (Vniversitatis - Princetoniensis) - Legum Doctoris 17 Jun 1947 (os)
Harvard University (Collegium Radclivianum Cantabrigiae) 20 Jun 1947 (os)
Loras College, Dubuque, IA - Litterarum Doctoris (Doctor of Letters) with citation 25 Oct 1947
University of Denver, Denver, CO - Doctor of Public Service, Honaris Causa with citation 8 Jun 1951
Fleet Admiral Nimitz, autographed to the Navy Department Library undated
Medals, decorations - unidentified 30 Jun 1948
“HMS Duke of York Nears Guam” 9 Aug 1945
Aboard HMS Duke of York at Guam 9-11 Aug 1945:
Allied Pacific Naval Chieftains Meet at Guam (Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser - Royal Navy, Fleet Admiral Nimitz) 9 Aug
“Up Spirits..!” (Fleet Admiral Nimitz, Cdr. Hodges (Cdr., HMS Duke of York), Niems, Julian Wheeler, Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, Angus Nicholl, Gen. Carl Spaatz) 11 Aug
Naval and Air Chiefs Salute National Anthems (Fleet Admiral Nimitz, Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, Royal Navy, General Carl Spaatz) 10 Aug
Naval and Air Chiefs of the Pacific (Fleet Admiral Nimitz, Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, General Carl Spaatz) 10 Aug
Fleet Admiral Nimitz receives the Order of the Bath 10 Aug
Fleet Admiral Nimitz wearing British Award 10 Aug
British Officers Chat Aboard HMS Duke of York,” (Vice Admiral C.H. McMorris and Captain G. Norfolk, Commander, HMS Whelp) 10 Aug
Fleet Admiral Nimitz inspects Marines Aboard British Flagship 11 Aug
Shipboard Rituals
Domain of Neptunnus Rex - Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep 6 Jul 1925 (os)
Domain of Neptuneus Rex - Ancient Order of the Deep 13 Oct 1934
Imperivm Neptvni Regis - Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep 14 Oct 1934 (os)
USS Augusta - Domain of Neptune Rex 14 Oct 1934
En Guardia - color photo of Admiral Nimitz - cover page only (undated) (os)
New York Sunday News - color photo of Admiral Nimitz, cover page only 29 Apr 1945 (os)
Fredericksburg's Tribute to Admiral Chester W. Nimitz: October Thirteenth Nineteen Hundred Forty-five, compiled by Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce. 1945
American Society of Naval Engineers – Member 1 Nov 1915
International Assoc. of Machinists, Lodge 556 - Engine Certificate for Fuel ShipMaumee 9 Dec 1915 (os)
Scabbard and Blade – Member 23 Sep 1926
United States Naval Institute - Regular Member 30 March 1928
Invitation from Crew of USS Ohio, 10 Jan 1905
Letter from Acting Secretary of the Navy Burman Winthrop to Lt. Chester Nimitz on his bravery in rescuing Fireman 2nd Class W.J. Walsh who was accidentally knocked off USS Tonopah. 30 July 1912
Certificate of Identification - for Commander C.W. Nimitz for visit to Great Britain, France & Italy. 14 May 1918
Sigma XI, California Chapter, Berkley - invitation to new member 24 Mar 1928
Postcard to Captain Nimitz (includes poem about fog) 20 Dec 1935
Typed list "Staff of CINC US Fleet and US Pacific Fleet" 7 Dec 1941
Pacific Fleet Notice 23N-42: Memorandum from King Neptune to Destroyer Screen. 12 October 1942
US Navy Military Government Proclamation Numbers 1-10 to the People of the Islands of Nansei Shoto and Adjacent Waters occupied by United States Forces [in English and Japanese]. 1945
Poem by Gordon Becker, read at luncheon, reprint Sep 1945
Parade and Celebration for Fleet Admiral Nimitz - District of Columbia 5 Oct 1945
Map - Parade Route (os)
Map - Celebration Area (os)
Map - Assembly Area (os)
Testimonial Dinner - place card (with line art likeness) 5 Oct 1945
Booklet - Testimonial Dinner by the City of New York 9 Oct 1945
RECAP Newsletter, “Nimitz Medals on Display,” American Trust Company, San Francisco, CA Jul 1948
Notice under name of Chester Nimitz, Sire, Bohemian Club; Dinner for General Mark Clark 16 Sep 1948
Kiwanis International, Beckley, WV – certificate 1 Sep 1950
Inaugural Committee, Invitation to Inauguration of Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower 21 Jan 1957
Handwritten note from Angus Nicholl 14 Sep 1958
Print with Japanese hand-scribed notations (undated)
Booklet, with color photo of Admiral Nimitz, cover pages only – French (undated)
The Laws of the Navy by Captain Roland A. Hopwood, RN – poem (undated)
Color print - Vereins Church, Fredericksburg, Texas, and signed by C.W. Nimitz with notation, "I was christened in this church." (undated)
Certificate wishing "Happy Birthday to Admiral Chester W. Nimitz from Headquarters Sixth United States Army" with signatures. (undated)
Memorial Service Invitation from the Secretary of the Navy for services held at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California, with RSVP card. 20 February 1966
Dinner Honoring The Drake Navigators Guild – booklet 28 Sep 1960
Friends of Plymouth Art Gallery and Buckland Abbey - photographs, programs, clippings 17 Jun 1954
Typed letter, signed to Arthur W. Sevens, President, Automobile Safety Association. Admiral Nimitz as Commander in Chief, Pacific, questions the value of increasing downward visibility in aircraft so pilots can see more of the terrain or water. 20 April 1944
Letter from Secretary of the Treasury 8 Mar 1945
Letter from Executive Department, Austin, Texas to Scovill Mfg. Co. 8 Nov 1945
Letter from Scovill Mfg. Co., Waterbury, CT to C.W. Nimitz 29 Oct 1946
Letter from Ambassador of France 3 Dec 1947
Letter from Pres. Juan Peron, Buenos Aires, Argentina with English translation prepared by the Office of Chief of Naval Operations 23 Jan 1948
Letter from Governor Earl Warren, State of California, 13 Apr 1948
Letter from Secretary-General, United Nations, Lake Success, NY 6 Nov 1950
Letter from Former Pres. Harry Truman 17 May 1958
Letter from B.L. Austin, VADM, USN to Admiral Nimitz 15 Mar 1961
Memorandum for Vice Admiral Hooper regarding Admiral Nimitz Commission Certificates from J.H.B. Smith, Captain, USN, Head Curator Branch 17 Jan 1973
Nancy Nimitz
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, MD – Diploma 16 Jun 1936 (os)
Columbia University, NY - Bachelor of Science 27 Feb 1946 (os)
Published: Thu Jul 19 15:41:13 EDT 2018