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William Frederick Halsey, Jr.
(fig. 2-14). General of the Army Douglas MacArthur signed as Supreme Commander for the Allied powers; Fleet Admiral Nimitz signed as representative for the United States. On 11 December 1944, Congress had authorized the establishment of the grades of Fleet Admiral and General of the Army (the highest grades ever). The establishment of these grades contained the proviso that four Navy and four Army officers could be elevated to those five-star grades. The President immediately recommended Admirals Nimitz; William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff to the President; and Ernest J. King, Commander-in- Chief, U.S. Fleet (CINCUS) for the grade of Fleet Admiral. (An interesting sidelight to this title was that King thought the original abbreviation— CINCUS—was hardly appropriate in view of the successful raid on Pearl Harbor. Consequently, he changed the acronym to COMINCH. During World War II, COMINCH was changed to the title of Chief of Naval Operations [CNO].) Congress approved the recommendations, and Nimitz took his oath of office on 19 December. Admiral Halsey, the fourth Navy recipient of the new grade, received his promotion the following year. Following the surrender of Japan, Fleet Admiral Nimitz took over the top naval post of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). He relieved Fleet Admiral King of his post as CNO on 15 December 1945. 134.3 Figure 2-14.-Day aboard the USS Missouri. Fleet Admiral Nimitz signs the Japanese surrender document on 2 September 1945. 2-18

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