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Henderson in Henderson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel

 
 
Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
1. Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel Marker
Inscription. Appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland in 1900, Kimmel graduated with honors in 1904. Over his career he served on several battleships, commanded two destroyer divisions, a destroyer squadron, and the battleship USS New York. In World War I he served as Chief Gunnery Officer on the staff of Admiral Hugh Rodman. In 1937 he was promoted to the flag rank of Rear Admiral. In February, 1941, Kimmel was promoted over 31 other senior naval officers to become Commander-in-Chief of the United States Navy Pacific Fleet. Kimmel was in command at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii when the Japanese launched a surprise attack which brought the U.S. into World War II. Seeking to place blame, Admiral Kimmel and his U.S. Army counterpart, General Walter Short, were the convenient scapegoats for politicians and superior officers in Washington, DC who had withheld critical information about Japanese intentions from them. Kimmel retired as Rear Admiral in 1942. In 1999, the United States Senate exonerated Kimmel and Short from sole responsibility for the Pearl Harbor tragedy.
 
Location. 37° 50.507′ N, 87° 35.594′ W. Marker is in Henderson, Kentucky, in Henderson County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Henderson KY 42420, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Husband Edward Kimmel Marker (<i>this marker on right; statue & related marker to left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
2. Husband Edward Kimmel Marker (this marker on right; statue & related marker to left)
are within walking distance of this marker. Husband Edward Kimmel (here, next to this marker); The 1937 Flood (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ohio River (within shouting distance of this marker); Audubon's Mill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Good Government League (about 300 feet away); Audubon Saw and Grist Mill (about 400 feet away); Steamboats (about 400 feet away); General "Stovepipe" Johnson (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henderson.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel
 
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1. Rear Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel, USN, (1882-1968). After promotion to Rear Admiral in 1937, he commanded Cruiser Division Seven on a diplomatic cruise to South America and then became Commander Cruisers, Battle Force in 1939. In February 1941 he became Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet and Pacific Fleet, with the temporary rank of Admiral. Operating from the advanced base at Pearl Harbor, Kimmel led his fleet during the months of vigorous training that preceded the outbreak of the Pacific War. Relieved of his fleet command in mid-December 1941, following the the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Kimmel reverted to the rank of Rear Admiral and retired in March 1942.
Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 3, 2004
3. Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel Grave Marker
He is buried in the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery.
Rear Admiral Kimmel died at Groton, Connecticut, on 14 May 1968. (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel. The grandsons of Admiral Kimmel are continuing the call* for the President to advance Rear Admiral Kimmel and Major General Short to their highest held rank served during WWII as called for by Congress in 2001. This would complete the Officer Personnel Act of 1947's order for all flag and general officers to be awarded such ranks. Kimmel and Short were the only officers not afforded the advancements. (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Husband E. Kimmel. In 1995, Senator Strom Thurmond with the support of Kimmel's and Short's families, formally requested a Defense Department inquiry that resulted in an investigation under the direct supervision of Edwin Dorn, then the undersecretary of defense. The result was the Dorn report which found that "while Kimmel and Short were guilty of errors of judgment, they were not solely responsible for the catastrophe at Pearl Harbor, and others in Washington and on their staffs in Hawaii should share some of the blame." Efforts of the families of two men to restore the ranks of these two men have come close to being successful but Kimmel and Short have
Henderson Railroad Bridge across the Ohio River (<i>view northwest from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
4. Henderson Railroad Bridge across the Ohio River (view northwest from marker)
yet to be fully exonerated. (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, World IWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on July 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2. submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   3. submitted on July 10, 2018, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   4. submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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