Last week my wife and I stopped by the Admiral Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas, which is 78 miles west of Austin. We were on our way to San Angelo to visit family there. If you have never been to the Admiral Nimitz Museum, you don’t know what an exciting and informative visit you have missed. Our next visit will include an entire day, which may not be adequate to see everything there. On this trip we found a placard of the Battleship Texas, which has a picture of the Texas and lists all of the battles it was involved in during WW-2 (North Africa, Normandy, Cherbourg, Southern France, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa).
Admiral Nimitz was a German Texan, and was born in Fredericksburg. His grandfather’s hotel is now the Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site. Chester Nimitz was the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Commander in Chief of the Pacific Ocean Areas. He commanded the Allied air, land, and sea forces.
The Texas was launched on May 18, 1912 and commissioned March 12, 1914, and saw numerous sorties into the North Sea during WW-1. Among the world’s remaining battleships, The Texas is notable for being the first US battleship to become a permanent museum ship, and the first battleship declared to be a US National Historic Landmark, and is the only remaining World War I–era dreadnought battleship.
Jerry L. Jones