Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN Oil on canvas by Adrian Lamb, 1960.

Adm. Nimitz and WWII

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Adm. Nimitz played a major role in the naval history of WWII holding the title of both Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas as well as the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

During his early years he became qualified in submarines and would later become the leading US Navy authority on the vessels--overseeing the conversion from gasoline to diesel, and then later playing an important role in the inquiry to build the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus.

In addition to serving as Chief of Naval Operations, Nimitz was the United States' last surviving officer who served in the rank of fleet admiral.