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Adm. Nimitz's WWII Diary to be Published Online

Image: Adm. Nimitz's WWII Diary to be Published Online Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, Commander-in Chief of the Pacific Fleet and Pacific ocean areas, signs the World War II surrender of the Japanese aboard the Battleship Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945. Standing behind him are, from left, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Adm. William F. Halsey Jr., and Rear Adm. Forrest Sherman.

Monday, 24 Feb 2014 08:41 AM

 

The Naval War College is set to release online a trove of World War II information in a war diary kept daily by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz and his staff as the Navy battled Japan.

The more than 4,000 pages can be accessed beginning Monday at www.usnwc.edu/graybook.

War College historian Douglas Smith tells The Providence Journal that it's the most authoritative source on the war in the Pacific theater.

Nimitz, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, died in 1966. He graduated from the War College in Rhode Island and lectured there several times.

The diary was declassified in 1972 but was relatively inaccessible at the Naval History and Heritage Command.

Its entries begin Dec. 7, 1941, the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, and go to August 1945, shortly before the Japanese surrendered.


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