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Today in World War II History—December 17, 1941

Admiral Nimitz addressing officers after assuming command of US Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, 31 Dec 1941; Admiral Kimmel at right (US Naval History and Heritage Command: NH 62021)

Admiral Nimitz addressing officers after assuming command of US Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, 31 Dec 1941; Admiral Kimmel at right (US Naval History and Heritage Command: NH 62021)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 17, 1941: Due to Pearl Harbor attack, Adm. Chester Nimitz is named to replace Rear Adm. Husband Kimmel as Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet.

Germans intern 340 American men in France; those Americans not interned have to report weekly to German military commanders.

North Platte Canteen opens at Union Pacific station in North Platte, Nebraska; will serve 6 million servicemen.