Adm. Nimitz's WWII diary goes online today

Adm. Nimitz's WWII diary goes online today

Credit: U.S. Naval War College

Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz (third from left)

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by Associated Press

WVEC.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 10:11 AM

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Naval War College is set to release online a trove of World War II information in a war diary kept daily by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz and his staff as the Navy battled Japan.

The more than 4,000 pages can be accessed beginning Monday on the U.S. Naval War College Web site.

6:30 p.m.: Click here to watch the live stream of the online launch of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz' WWII Diary, called the Nimitz Graybook. Live feed features a discussion and interactive Q&A with U.S. Naval Academy Professor of History Emeritus Craig L. Symonds, PhD.

War College historian Douglas Smith tells The Providence Journal  that it's the most authoritative source on the war in the Pacific theater.

Nimitz, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, died in 1966. He graduated from the War College in Rhode Island and lectured there several times.

The diary was declassified in 1972 but was relatively inaccessible at the Naval History and Heritage Command.

Its entries begin Dec. 7, 1941, the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, and go to August 1945, shortly before the Japanese surrendered.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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