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Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN

 
 
Birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 26, 2016
1. Birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN Marker
Inscription. Typical early Fredericksburg home built 1866 by Carl Basse. Property of the Henke family since 1873. Heinrich Henke, early settler, Confederate freighter, had butcher counter on front porch; meat processing was done in back yard; there the horses that pulled meat vending car were stabled. Shop later built on foundation of stone walls surrounding lot.
†††††He and his wife Dorothea (nee Weirich) added the long dining room and kitchen with sloped roof to accommodate their twelve children. Many of their furnishings are preserved by Udo Henke, a descendant.
†††††In small room to rear of front bedroom, on Feb. 24, 1885, their daughter, Anna Henke Nimitz, gave birth to Chester William Nimitz, destined to command the greatest naval armada in history.
†††††A 1905 honor graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Nimitz was chief of staff to Commander, Atlantic Submarine Fleet, W.W.I. Installed first Naval ROTC unit in U.S. Navy, 1926; selected Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet after attack on Pearl Harbor; appointed Fleet Admiral, U.S. Navy, 1944. As representative of the U.S. he signed Japanese surrender documents on his flagship, USS Missouri, Sept. 2, 1945 in Tokyo Bay. Admiral Nimitz died in San Francisco on Feb. 20, 1966.
 
Erected 1968 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number
Birthplace ofAdmiral Nimitz image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 26, 2016
2. Birthplace ofAdmiral Nimitz
10090.)
 
Location. 30° 16.363′ N, 98° 52.154′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker is at the intersection of E. Main Street (U.S. 290) and S. Lincoln Street, on the right when traveling east on E. Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 247 E. Main St, Fredericksburg TX 78624, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Domino Parlor (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Schandua Building (about 500 feet away); Fairwater of USS Pintado (SS-387) (about 600 feet away); Main Mast from Destroyer USS Foote (DD-511) (about 600 feet away); Early History of Fredericksburg, Texas (about 700 feet away); Nimitz Hotel (about 700 feet away); Holy Ghost (Heilige Geist) Evangelical Protestant Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pioneer Schandua House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Also see . . .  Chester William Nimitz. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on April 21, 2016.) 
 
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Grave site marker of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 12, 2006
3. Grave site marker of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN
He is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno CA.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page was last revised on July 11, 2016.
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