Redman, John Roland “Jack”.

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Redman, John Roland “Jack”, born 31-01-1898, a native of Reno, Nevada, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1918 with the class of 1919. He was a member of the United States Olympic Team, participating as a wrestler in the 1920 games. He was the brother of Joseph Redman, also a naval communications officer. Jozef reached the active rank of Rear Admiral in March 1944. In February 1942, with the reorganization of U.S. Navy signals intelligence, he was put in charge of OP-20-G, the section of naval communications responsible for crypt-analysis. Redman doubted Captain Joseph Rochefort’s, he died age 76, on 20-07-1976, in California,

450px-Joseph_rochefort  analysis of the intercepted Japanese messages that ultimately led to the successful Battle of Midway, and played a role in Rochefort’s removal from Pearl Harbor in the months that followed. He then served as the Communications Officer on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet, Admiral Chester Nimitz   from October 1942 to March 1945. On 02-05-1945, he assumed command of the battleship USS Massachusetts, 800px-USS_Massachusetts_(BB-59)_underway_c1944  which he held through the end of the war, From August 1949 to September 1951, he was the Director of Naval Communications in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, United States Navy. Subsequently he served as Director of Communications-Electronics for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C.

After the war the roles of Admiral Redman and his brother John Roland Redman during the war became controversial especially pertaining to the gathering of information prior to the Battle of Midway. Despite their claim that John Redman’s unit in Washington had been instrumental in developing the intelligence that led to the successful battle, it now appeared that in fact Redman and his people had drawn the wrong conclusions. The real work was done by the cryptanalyst team at Pearl Harbor under the direction of Joseph Rochefort. After the battle the Redmans claimed the credit and used their influence to destroy Rochefort’s career. This is further supported in detail by Stephen Budiansky. Redman’s intelligence failures for the Battle of Midway, which included failure to identify the Japanese objectives and the date of their operation, are described in the memoirs of Rear Admiral Edwin Layton, who was Admiral Chester William Nimitz‘  intelligence chief throughout the Pacific War

Death and burial ground of Redman, John Roland “Jack”.

 His final tour was as Commandant, Twelfth Naval District, from 1954 to 1957. He retired from the Navy on 01-10-1957, with the rank of Vice Admiral. Redman died age 72, on 29-05-1970 and is buried on Arlington National Cemetery, Section 2.

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