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Naval officer , retired

Paul Seymour Theiss, American naval officer, retired.


Theiss, Paul Seymour was born on October 6, 1890 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Captain Emil Theiss (United States Navy).


Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1912.


Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1912, and advanced through grades to commodore, 1944. Served in the United States ships Montana, Prairie, Castine, Brooklyn and South Carolina, 1914-1916, United States Ship Allen, 1917-1918, United States Ship Laub and United States Ship Ringgold, 1919. Commanded United States Ship Paul Hamilton, 1927-1929, United States Ship Borie, 1929-1931, United States Ship Fuller (formerly S.S. City of Newport News), 1941-1942.

Assigned to command a transportation div. in Pacific area, participating in initial landings on Guadalcanal (1942), on New Georgia Island (1943). Chief of staff and aide to commander Fifth Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet, 1943, later becoming chief of staff to commander Amphibious Force, Central Pacific to October 1945. Command United States Naval Training Station, Newport, Rhode Island, 1946-1949.

Rear admiral retired 1949.


Clubs: Cricket, Racquet, Philadelphia Country.


Married Ellen Elizabeth Wright Macdonald, June 16, 1948.

Captain Emil Theiss Theiss

Ellen Elizabeth Wright Macdonald