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Destroyer tactics in the Battle of Jutland

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Destroyer tactics in the Battle of Jutland


Dees, Randal E., 1893-1972


Paper written in fulfillment of graduation requirements on the topic of Destroyer Tactics at the Battle of Jutland by Randal E. Dees, Class of 1929.

Rear Admiral Randal Eusta Dees was born on October 8, 1893 in Crystal Spring, Mississippi. Before attending the U.S. Naval Academy, Dees earned a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi College in 1912. The following year, Dees enrolled at the Naval Academy and graduated eighth in his class in 1917. 

His first assigment was aboard the Battleship USS New Jersey. After the war, with the temporary rank of Lieutenant (junior grade) he served aboard the USS Dupont, the USS Flusser (DD-289) and the USS Sharkey

Education remained an important part of Dees' life and career. He attended the U.S. Naval War College as a member of the junior class from 1928 to 1929. After graduation, he received assigment as aide to, and then served as acting governor of Guam. Upon his return in 1931, the U.S. Navy sent Dees to study International Law at Harvard University and he earned his Master's in 1933.

His next assigments were in the classroom as an instruction: he taught mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1936 to 1939 and then returned to the U.S. Naval War College in 1941 as a member of staff. In 1943, he received command of the USS Pensacola in the Pacific theater of WWII. After the war, he returned as Chief of Staff of the Naval War College, retiring to Newport, Rhode Island in 1949. In retirement, he served as a board member of the Newport Chapter of the Red Cross.

He received a Silver Star and Legion of Merit for his leadership as commanding officer of the USS Pensacola as part of a Task Group fighting the Japanese in the Gilbert Islands and Marshall Islands during World War II. He received a Gold Star (in lieu of a second Legion of Merit) for his service as Naval Personnel Officer, U.S. Pacifict Fleet from 1944 to 1945. 




  • Jutland, Battle of, 1916
  • World War, 1914-1918--Naval operations




Paper, 8" x 12.75", 19 pp.


RG-0013, Box 8


In the public domain.