December 25, THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

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December 25, 1941 – Admiral Chester W. Nimitz arrives at Pearl Harbor to assume command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 Chester W. Nimitz was selected as Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT), with the rank of Admiral, effective from 31 December. On December 25 he took command in a ceremony on the top deck of the submarine USS Grayling. The change of command ceremony would normally taken place aboard a battleship, but every such ship in Pearl Harbor had been either sunk or damaged during the attack on 7 December. Assuming command at the most critical period of the war in the Pacific, Admiral Nimitz, despite the losses from the attack on Pearl Harbor and the shortage of ships, planes and supplies, successfully organized his forces to halt the Japanese advance.

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