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Milo Draemel had served on the faculty of the Navy War College and was Commander, Destroyers,
Fleet at the
time of Pearl Harbor.
At the moment of the
attack, he was on his flagship, Detroit, in the harbor.
He had a hunch the Japanese "might
start something in the area that day" (Prange 1983) and declined to go
Draemel served as chief of staff to interim
Pacific Fleet commander Pye
during the abortive Wake relief
expedition. A thoughtful strategist and planner in the mold of Pye, he
later expressed the opinion that he was chosen specifically to check
the impetuous "Soc" McMorris.
against strikes against the Mandates
in January 1942, an attitude Halsey condemned as
Though Draemel had served Nimitz well in the first
weeks of his command, with time he seemed increasingly spent and out of
step with Nimitz's aggressive outlook. Following the battle of Midway, he was replaced by Spruance and spent most of
as the commandant of 4 Naval District in Philadelphia.
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