AFTER THE WAR
After the war Nimitz continued to be sought out and honored for his wartime service. He was decorated by 14 nations and became a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations. He also worked to restore goodwill with Japan by raising funds for the restoration of the Japanese memorial ship Mikasa and urging return of ancestral samurai swords. He believed in the importance of turning "swords into plowshares".
In the afterglow of World War II books written by officers involved in the war's battles and decisions fueled rivalries and controversies. Admiral Nimitz refused to take part in the literary autopsy of the war. He lived quietly in retirement and, as his son remarked, “maintained the Navy's image until his death."
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz died at his home on Yerba Buena Island that was part of Treasure Island Naval Station in San Francisco Bay on February 20, 1966. He was survived by his widow and children, Chester Jr., Catherine, Mary and Nancy.