‘Nimitz Graybook’ focus of Sept. 22 symposium


One-day event to be held at Rockbox Theater


Admiral Nimitz Foundation will host its annual symposium on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Rockbox Theater from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year’s symposium focuses on “The Nimitz Graybook: Chronicles of the Pacific War.”

The Nimitz Graybook is the command summary of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, and was compiled by the War Plans Section of the Pacific Command Headquarters in Hawaii during World War II.

Cost is $50 per person for Admiral Nimitz Foundation members and $60 for non-members.

Students with appropriate ID are encouraged to attend the symposium and are admitted free, but must register.

For more information on the symposium and to register for tickets, visit www.pacificwarmuseum.org or call 830-997-8600, ext. 225.

The Graybook contains daily estimates of the situation, command decisions, and running summaries of communications from Dec. 7, 1941, to Aug. 31, 1945.

Thus, it was the daily record of the combat situation that Nimitz faced daily and presents what Nimitz knew and what the basis and reasons for his daily decisions were.

Naval war historians have called the Graybook “a national treasure” as “it is the most authoritative source on the Pacific War available anywhere.”

It has been digitized and is in the public domain, and is often used by naval historians as a major resource. 

The symposium will feature a number of naval scholars familiar with The Graybook.


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