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Why was he chosen over the heads of others.
And just as a by the by, whatever became of those admirals senior to Nimitz in 1941? Did any of them obtain responsible positions (combat or otherwise) during the War?
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yes : HalseyPips wrote:whatever became of those admirals senior to Nimitz in 1941? Did any of them obtain responsible positions (combat or otherwise) during the War?
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In Nimitz case, he had serving as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation (ie Chief of Personnel) for about 30 months. Officers serving in this position rotated out after two to three years. Since 1927, every incumbent left for a three or four star seagoing command,
In fact, Nimitz turned down the Pacific Command (over his perception of his seniority status) in January 1941, leading to Kimmels appointment
At the time of Pearl HArbor, the Admirals (4 star)Most of the individuals ahead of Nimitz on the September 1941 Naval List were older and served in shore billets (some after retirement & recall)
4 Star 3 star
CNO Harold Stark #35 COMBATFOR W S Pye #20
CINCUS H E Kimmel #40 COMSCOUTFOR W C Brown #28
CINCAF T C Hart # 2 Aircraft Battle Force W Halsey #41
CINCLANT E J King #15