Tomorrow, 24 February, would be Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’ 125th birthday. A hometown hero of
E. B. Potter, Naval historian at the U.S. Naval Academy wrote, “He surrounded himself with the ablest men he could find and sought their advice, but he made his own decisions. He was a keen strategist who never forgot that he was dealing with human beings, on both sides of the conflict. He was aggressive in war without hate, audacious while never failing to weigh the risks,” on the cover jacket of his well-known book Nimitz.
TIME journalist, Robert Sherrod wrote, “The Admiral was frequently the despair of his public relations men; it simply was not in him to make sweeping statements or to give out colorful interviews,” in his 1945 book On to Westward: War in the Central Pacific.
Fleet Admiral Nimitz insisted that the
Visit the historic Nimtitz Ballroom tomorrow at 1:00 for a free birthday celebration with cake, coffee and patriotic songs from the Fredericksburg Middle School Choir. Also, films about Admiral Nimitz will be shown throughout the day. Museum admission is free if you share a birthday with Admiral Nimitz!