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Chester William Nimitz

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 left the U.S. Navy stunned. With American ships still smoldering in the water, Navy Secretary Frank Knox turned to a Texan, Chester Nimitz, to restore confidence in the Pacific Fleet.

Image: Chester Nimitz, CINCPAC, 1942. Official U.S. Navy photograph.

Audio: Houston Public Media

Photograph of Admiral Chester Nimitz in his Navy uniform