Feb. 24, 1885 Fredericksburg Gillespie County Texas, USA
Feb. 20, 1966 San Francisco San Francisco County California, USA
United States Navy Fleet Admiral.
Born in Fredericksburg, Texas, he was accepted into the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland in 1901 and graduated in 1905.
On December 31, 1941, he was appointed Commander-In-Chief in the Pacific (CinCPac). In 1944 he was promoted to the grade of Fleet Admiral. During the war he commanded more than two million men and thousands of ships and airplanes.
He accepted the surrender of Japan, on board the Battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Soon after, he was sworn in as Chief of Naval Operations. As a five-star admiral he was always on duty, but soon moved to the San Francisco area and lived in semi-retirement.
He died on February 20, 1966 in San Francisco.
He was the last surviving five-star admiral.
He received medals from many allied countries for his outstanding leadership in World War II. The Library at the Naval Academy was named after him, and the aircraft carrier "USS Nimitz" was commissioned on May 3, 1975, in honor of him, by President Gerald Ford.