Admiral Roger Warde Paine, Jr.
Roger Warde Paine, Jr. was born in Austin, Texas
on August 13, 1917, son of Rear Admiral Roger W. Paine, USN and Mrs. Corine
(Malone) Paine. He attended Western High School, Washington, D.C.
and Coronado (California) High School prior to entering the U.S. Naval
Academy on appointment from the District of Columbia in 1935. He
was graduated and commissioned Ensign on June 1, 1939.
Following graduation he joined the USS ARIZONA and
in December 1940 was detached from that battleship for submarine training
at the Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut. In April 1941 he
reported on board the USS POMPANO and was serving in that submarine when
the United States entered World War II on December 8, 1941. For meritorious
conduct as Communication, Radar and Sound Officer of the USS POMPANO during
her First War Patrol he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat
From March 1942 to August 1943 he continued duty
afloat in the USS WAHOO rising to Executive Officer and Navigator.
Prior to embarking on WAHOO's Fifth War Patrol, Lieutenant Paine underwent
emergency surgery for appendicitis. He was subsequently given command
of the USS S-34. In August 1944 he became Executive Officer and Navigator
of the USS TINOSA. Participating in eight successful war patrols
in the Pacific during World War II, he was awarded the Silver Star Medal,
the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V", and a Gold Star in lieu of a Second
Bronze Star medal, also with Combat "V". He is also entitled to the
Ribbon for, and a facsimile of, the Presidential Unit Citation awarded
the USS WAHOO.
In May 1945 he reported for fitting out duty in
the USS CUBERA at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut and assumed
command of that submarine upon her commissioning, December 12, 1945.
Detached from the CUBERA in April 1945, he briefly commanded the USS WHALE
which was decommissioned at New London, Connecticut on June 1, 1946.
He next reported for instruction in Ordinance Engineering
(Special Physics Course) at the Postgraduate School, Annapolis, Maryland.
From June 1947 to February 1949 he continued the course at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology at Cambridge from which he received the degree
of Master of Science in Nuclear Physics. He next was engaged in field
work at various ordinance facilities and during the period of August 1949
to August 1951 he worked at the Los Alamos (New Mexico) Scientific Laboratory
doing design and development work on the nuclear components of atomic bombs
and of the H-bomb, which was in the design stage at that time.
From August 1951 to September 1953 he commanded
the USS COWELL which, under his command, made an around-the-world cruise
and spent five months in the Korean War theater. In September 1953
he reported as Chief of the Analysis Branch, Armed Forces Special Weapons
Project, Washington, D.C. In that capacity he participated in all
nuclear weapon tests during 1954 - 1956, both in Nevada and at Eniwetok
and Bikini, and supervised analysis and correlation of the data obtained.
Ordered to the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode
Island he had instruction there in Naval Warfare from August 1956 until
June 1957 and became Commander, Destroyer Division TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY-TWO
in July of that year. This Division, consisting of the USS EATON,
BACHE, BEALE and MURRAY, participated in NATO maneuvers in Europe in the
fall of 1957 and later formed a part of Anti-Submarine Group ALFA, a special
group formed to develop and perfect operational techniques of anti-submarine
Assigned in November 1958 to the Bureau of Ordinance,
Navy Department, Washington, D.C., he headed the Guided Missile Branch,
Research Division until 1959, when that Bureau and the Bureau of Aeronautics
were combined and designated the Bureau of Naval Weapons. He then
became Director of the Missile Guidance and Airframe Division and as such
was responsible for research, development, test and evaluation of the Navy's
BULLPUP, CORVUS, EAGLE, SIDEWINDER, SPARROW, TALOS, TARTAR, TERRIER and
In September 1961 he assumed command of the USS
TOPEKA in the Pacific area and commanded her during anti-air warfare operations
off the California coast and in Hawaiian and Far Eastern waters.
Returning to Washington, D.C. in November 1962, he served as Head of the
Surface Warfare Branch, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department,
until June, 1963. He then reported as Military Assistant to the Deputy
Director of Defense Research and Engineering (Administration and Management),
Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. He was awarded
the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his work in this position.
In the fall of 1966 he was promoted to Rear Admiral
and in December became Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla TEN, a unit
of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet consisting of twenty-one cruisers and destroyers.
In the Spring of 1967 he deployed to the Mediterranean as Commander of
an Attack Carrier Strike Group, flying his flag alternately in the aircraft
carriers USS SHANGRI-LA and SARATOGA and in the guided missile cruiser
He reported in January 1968 as Director of the Navy
Information Systems Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations with
the responsibility for the procurement, maintenance and operation of all
of the Navy's computers. In August 1970 he was ordered detached for
duty as Commander, Training Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet with Fleet Training
Activities in Japan, Guam, Hawaii, San Diego, Long Beach and San Francisco.
He was awarded the Legion of Merit in connection with this duty and retired
from naval service in the summer of 1972.
Admiral Paine has been married to the former Isla
Rea Vaile for over fifty years, has three children, numerous grandchildren
and great grandchildren and makes his home on the west coast.