PAUL J. REGISTER, LCDR, USN
Paul Register '21
Date of birth: November 5, 1899
Date of death: December 7, 1941
From the 1921 Lucky Bag:
Paul was lost on December 7, 1941 when USS Arizona (BB 39) was destroyed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was the ship's communications officer; he had reported aboard in May 1941.
Paul has a memory marker in North Dakota.
Paul James Register was born in Bismarck, North Dakota on 5 November 1899. He graduated from Bismarck High School in 1917 and from the United States Naval Academy in 1920 and was simultaneously commissioned as an ensign.
Register was assigned to the battleship USS Florida (BB-30) until 14 June 1921, when he was reassigned for engineering instruction aboard the destroyers USS Truxton (DE-229), USS Shaw (DD-68), and USS George E. Badger (DD-196). In August 1922 he was reassigned to the Commander of Destroyer Squadrons aboard the armored cruiser USS Rochester (CA-2) as assistant to the squadron engineer officer until April 1923.
In 1923, Register reported to Submarine Base New London at New London, Connecticut, for instruction at the Submarine School. Promoted to the rank of lieutenant, junior grade, on 5 June 1923, he received orders to the transport USS Argonne (AP-4) at Cavite Naval Station in the Philippine Islands for temporary duty. In December 1923 he was assigned the submarine USS S-6 (SS-111) and served aboard her until 30 June 1927.
Register was promoted to lieutenant on 2 June 1927 just before transferring to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, for post-graduate studies and in May 1928 attended the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island. Lieutenant Register was assigned as gunnery officer aboard the battleship USS Maryland (BB-46) in June 1929 until he was ordered to report to the U.S. Naval Academy as an instructor in 1932. From 1932 to 1934 he served as a gunnery instructor at the Naval Academy and continued his post graduate-work in law.
In May 1935, Register received orders to report to Rear Admiral Clark H. Woodward, Commander Destroyers, Battle Force Pacific, for duty as aide and flag lieutenant on his staff and continued to serve aboard destroyer tender USS Melville (AD-2) after Rear Admiral Woodward was relieved.
In May 1938 Register was assigned to the Navy Recruiting Bureau in New York City as a United States Naval Reserve instructor. During this assignment he continued to study law at Fordham University during evenings. He was promoted to lieutenant commander on 1 July 1939 and was assigned various postings as a Naval Reserve instructor in the State of New York.
On 20 March 1941, Register received notification for change of duty for assignment to the battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) as her communication officer. He reported for duty aboard Arizona in May 1941. He was killed in action when Arizona was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 at the beginning of World War II.
USS Register (APD 92) was named for Paul; the ship was sponsored by his widow.