Chester Nimitz in Days of InfamyEdit
Chester Nimitz oversaw the initial aborted June 1942 American invasion to take Hawaii back from the Empire of Japan, which had taken the islands in February. The invasion fleet was engaged by the Japanese. Two aircraft carriers were sunk, and one was badly damaged. The remaining force retreated.
Nimitz publically accepted all responsibility for the embarrassing failure.
Chester Nimitz in Joe SteeleEdit
Chester Nimitz survived President Joe Steele's purges of the military in the late 1930s. He was able to conduct the Naval aspect of World War II, as he was interested in winning the war, and not in self-aggrandizement.
For instance, in the spring of 1943, sailors and marines under Admiral Nimitz and soldiers under General Dwight Eisenhower won control of the Solomon Islands from the Japanese in the Pacific theater.
Nimitz is quickly referenced in both the novel and the short story. He explicitly takes the Solomon Islands in the novel. The short story just broadly states that he concentrated on winning battles.
- ↑ Days of Infamy, pg. 429.
- ↑ Eisenhower: Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.
Nimitz: Our movement towards the Hawaiian Islands has failed to gain a satisfactory position and I have withdrawn our ships. My decision to attack at this time and in this way was based upon the best information available. The Navy and the air did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone.
- ↑ Joe Steele, pg 269, HC.
| Military offices|
|Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet|
| Succeeded by|
Raymond A. Spruance
|United States Chief of Naval Operations|
| Succeeded by|
Louis E. Denfeld