As I remember... Admiral Chester W. Nimitz came aboard our ship [to award the medals]. Some of us were below deck patching up damage when a fire broke out. Someone yelled, "Get an extinguisher!" So, I ran up the ladder to get the one that was on the topside deck. I bumped into an officer who said, "Where in the heck (maybe the other word) are you going in such a hurry, son?" I said, "To get an extinguisher to put out a fire, sir," and kept going. Later someone asked me if I knew who I had bumped into. My answer was, "No, I didn’t." To my surprise, I was told it was Admiral Nimitz himself!
—Frank L. Dolan's account
|Admiral Nimitz assuming command of Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor|
December 31, 1941
Source: WWII Database