The late Rear Admiral Walter DEDRICK, USN, was born in
Montana, on September 28,1921, son of Mr. & Mrs. Warren A. DEDRICK. After one and
a half years at the
Berkeley, he entered the U. S. Naval Academy in 1941 and
was commissioned Ensign in 1944. He
attained the rank of RADM (LH) in 1971, and received his second star
(UH) in 1973.
Admiral DEDRICK first served aboard the
USS WILLIAM D. PORTER (DD-579), participating
Mindoro, Lingayen, Kerrama Rhetto, and
Okinawa campaigns. Upon completion of
in 1945, Admiral DEDRICK reported aboard the USS CUSK (SS-348), the Navy's first
Guided Missile Submarine, where he served for four years. After attending the
Navy Electronics Course at
Treasure Island, Admiral DEDRICK served a short tour aboard the USS CARP (SS-338) prior to
CA, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelors
Degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Ordnance
Fire Control Engineering. While at MIT, he was elected to the Sigma XI honor
During the period June 1953 to April 1957 Admiral DEDRICK served as Executive
Officer of the guided missile submarine CUSK, and as Commanding Officer of the
guided missile submarine TUNNY (SSG-282) - operating out of Point Mugu in the
In May 1957, he reported to the Naval Reactors
Branch of the Atomic Energy Commission where he served under Vice Admiral H. G. RICKOVER, USN, as a special assistant on submarine matters. After almost two
years of instruction in the theoretical and practical aspects of nuclear power,
he was ordered as the Prospective Commanding Officer of USS HALIBUT (SSG(N)587),
the first nuclear powered, guided missile (Regulus) submarine.
After the HALIBUT was commissioned, Admiral DEDRICK served as her Commanding
Officer until July 1961, when he was detached from the HALIBUT in order to
attend the Polaris Command Course in preparation for duty as Commanding Officer (GOLD)
of the nuclear powered Polaris submarine, USS THOMAS A. EDISON (SSBN-610). He reported to
USS THOMAS A. EDISON for duty in October 1961.
For his service during and after World War II, Admiral DEDRICK was awarded
the American Medal, the American Defense Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Medal with
three stars, the WWII Victory Medal, and the Philippine Liberation Medal with
two stars. For his duty in HALIBUT he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal.
RADM (UH) DEDRICK retired in 1975. He died two years
on 28 September 1977 - his birthday.