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Military Monday with John D. Gresham with Dr. Allen Benson and Al Nofi

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Nowhere in the history of the United States, has there ever been a greater master of the combat art of seapower then Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, USN. Assigned as Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC) in the darkest days following Pearl Harbor, Adm. Nimitz brought to his command a rare strategic genius, a genuine respect for the dignity of individuals, and an unusual sense for assessing the value of people, places, platforms and actions. Universally revered by his peers, subordinates, and even enemies, Chester Nimitz remains a towering figure in the history of the U.S. Navy and America as a nation.

 During his tenure commanding CINCPAC, Adm. Nimitz had his staff construct and maintain a daily log of his activities, thoughts, ideas and the days events. Uniquely transparent with regards to the day-to-day events of the Great Pacific War, the log became known as the “Nimitz Graybook." Classified for years after the end of the war in the Pacific, access to the Graybook has been limited to historians and researchers at selected sites, greatly constraining it's worth to authors and writers who might benefit from its unique insights and observations. So it was with genuine excitement that news of a newly curated digital version of the Nimitz Gradebook being released to the public earlier this year was received. And that excitement was more than justified.

 To learn more about Adm. Nimitz and the Graybook, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday at @Writestream) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guests this week will be U.S. Naval War College librarian and curator Dr. Allen Benson, along with historian and author Al Nofi. Dr. Benson is a member of of the team that produced the newly curated version of the Graybook, while Mr. Nofi is a historian with expertise on Adm. Nimitz. Please listen, call in, and enjoy a great hour of American history!