The Vision of a Man Named Nimitz – The American Submarine Story in the 20th Century

110 Years ago, an article in the Naval Institute Proceedings Magazine gave some insight into the future of submarine warfare. That article was penned by Lieut. Chester W. Nimitz


Arguably one of the most influential American Submariners that ever lived was Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

As a young man, he was significantly influenced by his German-born paternal grandfather, Charles Henry Nimitz, a former seaman in the German Merchant Marine, who taught him, “The Sea – like life itself – is a stern taskmaster. The best way to get along with either is to learn all you can, then do your best and don’t worry – especially about things over which you have no control.”

Most that know his history know that his career was nearly over before it began. In the earliest days of his post academy life as a sailor, he was court-martialed for the grounding of a destroyer. The destroyer Decatur ran aground on a mud bank in the Philippines on July 7, 1908 while under his command. Even though the ship was pulled free the next…

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