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Rear Adm Chester W. Nimitz, Jr
Birth: Feb. 17, 1915
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 2, 2002
Needham
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Rear Admiral, US Navy and later, Chairman of the Board of Perkin-Elmer Corporation. His military awards include the Navy Cross, three Silver Stars, and the Bronze Star. Son of famous Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, he was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1936. The only son of the Commander of the US Pacific Fleet during World War II, he made a name for himself in the US Navy during World War II and during the Korean War. Stationed on the submarine USS Sturgeon when Pearl Harbor was attacked, he later became the Executive Officer of the submarine USS Bluefish. He earned the Navy Cross, three Silver Stars (for valor) and a Bronze Star, retiring from the US Navy in 1957. From 1957 to 1961, he worked for Texas Instruments, then joined Perkin-Elmer Corporation, as general manager of their instrument division. In 1969, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Perkin-Elmer Corporation, finally retiring in 1980. He also served as director of Edo Corporation, the US Trust Company of New York, and the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Companies, and was a trustee of St. Lawrence University. He was also a Trustee and honorary member of the Corporation of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He and his wife, Joan Labern Nimitz, had three daughters: Frances, Elizabeth and Sarah. In failing health in his final years, he and his wife of 63 years took their own lives in an apparent suicide pact. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
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 Parents:
  Chester William Nimitz (1885 - 1966)
  Catherine Freeman Nimitz (1892 - 1979)
 
 Spouse:
  Joan Labern Nimitz (1912 - 2002)*
 
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Cause of death: Suicide
 
Burial:
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Wellfleet
Barnstable County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Ron Moody
Record added: Jun 18, 2002
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thank you sir for your Vietnam era service
- dan smith
 Added: Sep. 3, 2014

- KJV Guy
 Added: Aug. 23, 2014
Thank you for your service to our country! You helped keep our nation free as did you father!! An honorable man!! RIP & God Bless you & your wife!!
- Garlene Frazier
 Added: Jun. 21, 2014
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