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Lt. Commander Paul J. Register - Fallen

Paul Register
Bismarck, ND
County: Burleigh
World War II - Fallen
Date of Loss: December 7, 1941 / Age: 42
Branch of Service: Navy

Killed in action when the USS Arizona was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 at the beginning of WWII.

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.

Lieutenant Commander Register was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously in accordance with General Order No. 186 on 21 January 1943. Other awards he received posthumously were the American Defense Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal on 31 October 1946 and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal on 22 June 1948.

The destroyer escort USS Register (DE-233) then was named for him. While under construction, she was converted into the high-speed transport USS Register (APD-92), and was in commission as such from 1945 to 1946.