Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz took command of the United States Pacific Fleet after the attack on Pearl Harbor on September 7, 1941. After the attack, he spearheaded the rebuilding of the Pacific Fleet that played an important role in defeating Japan in World War II. He was based throughout the war at Pearl Harbor.
In 2011, Catherine Vance Freeman, wife of Fleet Admiral Nimitz, donated his only-surviving summer uniform to the Chester W. Nimitz Middle School in Huntington Park, California.
Both the jacket and trouser has black laundry marks reading "NIMITZ" and the trouser has an additional woven label from the Tailor Shop at the Pearl Harbor Submarine Base that's inscribed "Nimitz, C.W. 10-12-44."
At the time of the donation, the overall condition of both garments was poor.
More specifically, the uniform was
In 2011, the Chester W. Nimitz Middle School entrusted the uniform to RAVE FabriCARE for restoration to as close to "like new" condition as possible.
The following BEFORE and AFTER photographs chronicle the transformation of this military uniform:
For even more BEFORE and AFTER photographs on the transformation of this military uniform, please view our slide show below:
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Photo credit: usni.org