Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN
†††††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
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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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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