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CINCPAC Headquarters

  • Also Known As: CINCPAC Fleet Headquarters
  • Also Known As: Headquarters, Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet
  • Also Known As: Headquarters, Commander, US Pacific Fleet

  • Address: Halawa Dr
  • Vicinity: Pearl Harbor
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, Commander In Chief, Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC), was suspended from command. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz became the new commander and arrived at Pearl Harbor Christmas Day 1941. Morale at Pearl Harbor had sunk to dismal depths, but Nlmltz's arrival changed the situation. He restored confidence to the fleet. From 1942 until mid-December 1944 he commanded American land, sea, and air forces in the Central and North Pacific areas from his new headquarters at Pearl Harbor. From there he oversaw the Aleutians campaign, the successful Battle of Midway, the capture of Makin and Tarawa atolls in the Gilberts, the invasion of Kwajalein and Enewetak in the Marshalls, the seizure of Saipan and Tinian in the Marianas, the liberation of Guam, and the capture of Peleliu and Angaur in the Palaus. He was a superb leader of men and "had an immense capacity for work, an equal talent at obtaining the best work from others, an almost impeccable judgment of men, and a genius for making prompt, firm decisions." The CINCPAC building commemorates Admiral Nimitz and his deeds. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1941/12/31 Chester W Nimitz Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet Nimitz becomes Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet.
1942/06/04 Chester W Nimitz Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet Admiral Nimitz oversees the Battle of Midway Battle of Midway
1942/08/00 United States Navy Owner Built

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Particulars for CINCPAC Headquarters:
Sight Category Building
Owner Federal
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Military
Historic Use Military facility
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Naval Facility

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 87001295
Resource Type:
Owner: Federal
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Military
Applicable Criteria: Event
Criteria Consideration: Significance of less than fifty years
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Significant Year: 1942, 1945
Historic Function: Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Naval facility, Military facility
Current Function: Defense
Current Sub-Function: Naval facility Military facility

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