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Adm Chester Nimitz

In the wake of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, he took command of the still-smoldering remnants of the Pacific Fleet and brought the U.S. back from the brink of defeat.

Editor’s Note: Adm. Stravridis served as NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe and is now an operating executive with the Carlyle Group. Read more >>

At 10:24 on the morning of June 4, 1942, the Japanese seemed to have won the Battle of Midway—and with it the Pacific war. By 10:30 things were different

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