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Contributed by Don McGrogan BMCS USN (Ret.)

USS Register (APD-92)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Bravo - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 19 May 1945 Okinawa) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

USS Register (APD-92) was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed ROCS Tai Shan (PF-38)
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 27 October 1943, as Register (DE-233) a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched 20 January 1944
  • Converted to a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, 17 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Register (APD-92), 11 January 1945, CDR. James R. Cain, Jr., USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Register was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, TransDiv One Hundred-Six, CAPT. F. W. Schmidt USN (20), and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 19 to 27 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS Register was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service
    2 to 12 September 1945
    3 October to 6 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 31 March 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1966
  • USS Register earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to Republic of China in September 1966, renamed ROCS Tai Shan (PF-38)
  • Sold to the Republic of China, 21 January 1967, redesignated PF-838 rearmed with with RIM-72C air defense missiles (Sea Chaparral)
  • Struck from the Taiwanese Naval Register
  • Final Disposition, sunk as an artificial reef, 1 October 1996
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,630 t.(lt) 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    12 Officers
    192 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    12 Officers
    150 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats four LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm gun mounts
    six single 20 mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    two Babcox and Wilcox "D" Express type boilers, 435 PSI 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive) Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two shafts, shaft horsepower 12,000

    Joseph Janney Steinmetz. Photo # JJS0458 from the collections of the Florida Memory Project
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    Size Image Description Contributed
    Register 79k

    Paul James Register, born in Bismarck, N. Dakota., 5 November 1899, graduated from Bismarck High School in 1917 and the Naval Academy in 1920 and was, simultaneously commissioned Ensign. Assigned USS Florida until 14 June 1921 when reassigned for Engineering Instruction aboard the destroyers USS Truxtun (DD-229); USS Shaw (DD-68); and the USS George E. Badger (DD-196). In August 1922 he was re-assigned to the Commander of Destroyer Squadrons aboard the USS Rochester as Assistant to the Squadron Engineer Officer until April 1923. In 1923 he reported to Submarine Base New London, for instruction at the Submarine School. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade on 5 June 1923 and received orders to the submarine tender USS Argonne at Cavite Naval Station in the Philippine Islands for temporary duty. In December 1923 he was assigned the submarine USS S-6 (SS-111) where he served aboard her until 30 June 1927. Promoted to Lieutenant on 2 June 1927 just before transfer to the Naval Academy for post-graduate studies and in May 1928 attended the Naval War College. Lt. Register was assigned as Gunnery Officer aboard the USS Maryland 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 he received orders to report to RADM Clark H. Woodward, Commander Destroyers, Battle Force Pacific for duty as aide and flag lieutenant on his staff and continued to serve aboard USS Melville after RADM Woodward was relieved. In May of 1938 he was assigned to the Navy Recruiting Bureau in New York City as a Naval Reserve instructor. During this assignment he continued to study Law at Fordham University during evenings. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander on l July 1939 and was assigned various postings as a Naval Reserve Instructor in the State of New York. On 20 March 1941 he received notification for change of duty for assignment to USS Arizona as her Communication Officer. He reported for duty in USS Arizona (BB39) in May 1941. He was killed in action when that battleship was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941. Lt. Commander Register was awarded the Purple Heart in accordance with General Order #186 posthumously on 21 January 1943. Other awards posthumously awarded were the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal on 22 June 1948; American Defense Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal on 31 October 1946.
    Photo from the US Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1921.
    Bill Gonyo
    Register 75k Presentation of flowers to Mrs. Ethel L. Register, sponsor for USS Register (DE-233) at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., 20 January 1944.
    US Navy Photo, Charleston Navy Yard File No. 1270.
    Karl Plenge
    Register 98k Capt. C. J. Harder, USN, Charleston Navy Yard Supply Officer, speaks on the life of LCDR Paul J. Register in whose honor USS Register (DE-233) was named, 20 January 1944.
    US Navy Photo, Charleston Navy Yard File No. 1270-13
    Karl Plenge
    Register 117k On behalf of the Charleston Navy Yard workers, Mr. W.M. Zeigler of the yards Central Shop Committee, presents a cup to Mrs. Ethel L. Register, sponsor for USS Register (DE-233)
    US Navy Photo, Charleston Navy Yard File No. 1270-12.
    Karl Plenge
    Register 80k Principal figures at the launching of USS Register (DE-233) at the Charleston Navy Yard, 20 January 1944. Left to Right: Miss Nell Hanson, Maid of Honor; Nancy Register, daughter of the sponsor; RADM Jules James, Commandant Ninth Naval District and Charleston Navy Yard; Mrs. Ethel L. Register, sponsor, and her son Paul.
    US Navy Photo, Charleston Navy Yard File No. 1270-6.
    Karl Plenge
    Register 136k Mrs. Ethel L. Register sends USS Register (DE-233) down the ways at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., 20 January 1944. Mrs. Register christened the ship in honor of her husband LCDR Paul J. Register who was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The launching is part of the double ceremony that also so USS Brock (DE-234) go into the water.
    US Navy Photo, Charleston Navy Yard File No. 1270-2.
    Karl Plenge
    Register 117k USS Register (DE-233) slides down the builders ways at Charleston Navy Yard, 20 January 1944.
    US Navy Photo, Charleston Navy Yard File No. 1270-1.
    Karl Plenge
    Register 54k USS Register (APD-92) commissioning ceremony, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., 11 January 1945. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    John P. Gray
    46k Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, Florida, circa 1948. Identifiable ships;
    USS John P. Gray (APD-74)
    USS Register (APD-92) and
    USS William M. Hobby (APD-95)
    Robert Hurst

    USS Register (APD-92)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Cain Jr., James Robert, USNR11 January 1945 - 2 June 1945
    02LCDR. Furman, John Rockwell, USNR2 June 1945 - 31 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    APD-92 Register
    Invitation and Brochure for the twin launching of Register (DE-82) and Brock (APD-93)
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