Birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN

Birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN (HM1RTF)

Location: Fredericksburg, TX 78624 Gillespie County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 16.363', W 98° 52.154'

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Typical early Fredericksburg home built 1866 by Carl Basse. Property of the Henke family since 1873. Heinrich Henke, early settler, Confederate freighter, had butcher counter on front porch; meat processing was done in back yard; there the horses that pulled meat vending car were stabled. Shop later built on foundation of stone walls surrounding lot.
     He and his wife Dorothea (nee Weirich) added the long dining room and kitchen with sloped roof to accommodate their twelve children. Many of their furnishings are preserved by Udo Henke, a descendant.
     In small room to rear of front bedroom, on Feb. 24, 1885, their daughter, Anna Henke Nimitz, gave birth to Chester William Nimitz, destined to command the greatest naval armada in history.
     A 1905 honor graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Nimitz was chief of staff to Commander, Atlantic Submarine Fleet, W.W.I. Installed first Naval ROTC unit in U.S. Navy, 1926; selected Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet after attack on Pearl Harbor; appointed Fleet Admiral, U.S. Navy, 1944. As representative of the U.S. he signed Japanese surrender documents on his flagship, USS Missouri, Sept. 2, 1945 in Tokyo Bay. Admiral Nimitz died in San Francisco on Feb. 20, 1966.
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HM NumberHM1RTF
Marker Number10090
Year Placed1968
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 512577 N 3349012
Decimal Degrees30.27271667, -98.86923333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.363', W 98° 52.154'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 21.78" N, 98° 52' 9.24" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)830
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 247 E Main St, Fredericksburg TX 78624, US
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