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Annual Symposium

Annual Symposium

September 22nd, 2018 9:00am

The Nimitz Graybook towers as the most significant single source on how the Pacific War was won. 


September 22, 2018 9:00 - 5:00

Rockbox Theater, Fredericksburg, Texas


This year’s Symposium will focus on The Nimitz Graybook— Chronicles of the Pacific War.  It will be held on 22 September 2018 at the Rockbox Theater in Fredericksburg, Texas.


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.  It contains daily estimates of the situation, Command decisions, and running summaries of communications from 7 December 1941 to 31 August 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.”


The Graybook, which has been digitized and is in the public domain, is often used by naval historians as a major resource.  The Symposium will present a number of highly qualified naval scholars very familiar with The Graybook.  The tentative list of speakers (subject to change) and their topics includes:


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ANF Member - $50

Non-ANF Member - $60

Active Duty Military w/ID - $30

WWII Veteran - FREE

College Student with ID -FREE


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Introduction to The Graybook:  Craig Symonds, Distinguished Visiting Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval Academy, author of naval history books, including The Battle of Midway.


Guadalcanal:  Richard Frank, Military historian and frequent Symposium speaker.  Author of many military history books, including Guadalcanal, the Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle.


Early Months of Nimitz’s Command and Struggle with Admiral King:  John Lundstrom, historian and author of books on the Pacific War, including The First South Pacific Campaign — Pacific Fleet Strategy, 1941-June 1942.


Admirals  Nimitz and Halsey: Walter Borneman, Military Historian who wrote The Admirals (Nimitz, Halsey, Leary and King).


End Game — 1944-1945:  James Hornfischer, Award-Winning author of naval history books, including The Fleet at Flood Tide— America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945.

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