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  • National Museum of The Pacific War

    http://www.nimitz-museum.org/

    Spent the good portion of the day at the National Museum of The Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas…a great place to visit…if you’re ever in the area check it out… two of the most powerful men in the 20th century, Chester Nimitz and LBJ were both from the area spearated by about 50 miles...fascinating...

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    I went there a number of years ago...very nicely done. Did you walk over to the outdoor area a block or two away? Nimitz was a remarkable man and a great credit to our armed forces.

    Interesting observation on Nimitz and LBJ. Too bad that party politics are getting in the way of the proposal to name the Education Department building in D.C. after LBJ. It would be very appropriate IMO, and well-deserved.

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    • #3
      Nimitz was the man

      Nimitz also had a great supporting act too: Halsey, Spruance, Mitscher

      That would have been a great football coaching staff

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        If only Halsey had been in command in the Marianas, and Spruance at Leyte Gulf....
        Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the Keenest of them all?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by StatMan
          If only Halsey had been in command in the Marianas, and Spruance at Leyte Gulf....
          Spruance had an overriding directive to maintain the integrity and protection of the assault forces which handicapped his ability to deal with the Japanese carriers in the Marianas. He did his job, per Nimitz, with the caveat that a more flexible operational plan may have allowed Spruance the latitude to eliminate the carriers outright. As it was, the overwhelming annihilation of the Japanese aircrews effectively took them out of the war anyway, a fact that seemed to slip past Halsey at Leyte Gulf.

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          • #6
            They were each critisized harshly, for doing exact opposite things (classic "damned if you do, damned if you don't", even though they annihilated the enemy, because people thought they didn't annihilate the enemy badly enough.
            Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the Keenest of them all?

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