Sunday, October 2, 2011

Chester Nimitz and his sister, Dora Reagan

Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz came to Kerrville for a welcome home parade just a short time after accepting the unconditional surrender of the Japanese on the deck of the USS Missouri.   I've published other photos of the "Welcome Home Chester" event, but I particularly like this photo of the admiral and his sister, Mrs. Dora Nimitz Reagan.
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Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz and his sister, Dora Nimitz Reagan,
Kerrville, 1945
There's an old story about Dora Nimitz Reagan.  While she was teaching school in Ingram, she met John G. Reagan, Jr., and they fell in love.  John Reagan asked Dora's parents for her hand in marriage, but the parents refused.  So Dora and John eloped, marrying in San Antonio in 1920.  "The disapproval of the parents was short-lived as they came to care very much for their young son in law," according to the Kerr County Album.  John died in 1947; Dora in 1982, in Kerrville.

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