|Nimitz Decorates Son and Captain Ernest Small|
Newspaper Clipping from Pearl Harbor, Jan. 5th, 1943
By Walter B. Clausen
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander in chief of the Pacific ocean areas, today pinned a Silver
Star medal on his 27 year old son, Chester W. Nimitz, Jr., officer of a submarine which has
been operating in enemy controlled waters in the Pacific since the outbreak of the war.
Lt. Nimitz, who was next decorated, hadn't seen his father in three and a half years.
"He looks better than when I last saw him," the lieutenant said.
He couldn't say much about the operations between the time he was in Manila when the war started and his arrival here, but when asked what he thought of the enemy, he said:
"The only enemy we encountered proved to be a heads-up outfit."
The admiral, in presenting the awards, indicated that Capt. Small and Lt. Nimitz were examples of what he meant in his orders to the fleet to come to grips with the enemy.
"We can't defeat the enemy by propaganda, or shadow boxing. We must get them under our guns," the admiral said.
Lt. Nimitz revealed that his wife and daughter Frances, 2 1/2 years old, are living in Vallejo, CA.
Towering three inches over his six foot father, the young lieutenantís face was wreathed with smiles when the Silver Star medal was pinned on.
He was awarded the medal, his citation said, for duties aboard a submarine in enemy controlled waters from the outbreak of the war in an outstanding manner.
"Your efforts contributed greatly to the success in many actions of your submarine in sinking or greatly damaging much enemy shipping," the citation read.
Lt. Nimitz was graduated from the naval academy in 1936 and went immediately into submarine service.
Contributed by Donald G. Loe|
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