I’d bet a dollar those of you know who Adm. Kimmel was, at Pearl Harbor, never heard of his predecessor: ADM James Richardson.
Pearl Harbor. Things didn’t happen in a vacuum. Before December 7th, 1941 there was a big arse fight over moving the US Pacific Fleet (At the time called the Battle Force) away from San Diego to Pearl. So much so a Navy Admiral basically threw his career away fighting FDR and the CNO over it.
Here’s the rub. ADM Richardson was well versed on the Japanese Military and knew putting the fleet so far forward placed it at grave risk of a first strike.
FDR and others were of the opinion that putting the fleet that far forward was a deterrent to the “rising Asian power”. And closer to where it would likely be needed.
-History looks at FDR as a great War time president.
-CNO Stark was eventually relived by ADM Ernest King and transferred to the European Theater Navy element. Many years later, The Navy named FFG-31 after ADM Stark.
ADM (4 star) Richardson was booted down to RADM (2 star) and was effectively out of the Navy by the end of 1942. And went inactive in 47.
History matters. Sometimes the ones who lose aren‘t the losers.