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USS ANDERSON (DD-411)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NECB

CLASS - SIMS As Built.
Displacement 2313 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' x 12' 10" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG 8 x 21" tt.(2x4).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 192.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. November 15 1937.
Launched February 4 1939 and commissioned May 19 1939.
Fate Sunk in Atomic Bomb Test at Bikini Atoll July 1 1946.
Stricken September 24 1946.

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Anderson 73kEdwin Alexander Anderson was born on 16 July 1860 in Wilmington, North Carolina. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1882. Two years' sea duty on the sloop of war Kearsarge and the gunboat Alliance was followed by promotion to Ensign in 1884 and service on USS Quinnebaug in European waters. From 1888 to 1896 he had survey and hydrographic assignments, among them a tour on the research steamer Albatross. Anderson attained the rank of Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in September 1894. In early 1897, he reported on board the cruiser Marblehead and was promoted to Lieutenant in March 1898. On 11 May 1898, during the Spanish-American War, he led the Marblehead boat parties that helped cut the communication cables off Cienfugos, Cuba. Later in the war Anderson delivered the Spanish vessel Adula to Savannah, Georgia, and in late 1898 and early 1899 commanded captured Spanish gunboats. Lieutenant Anderson was next assigned to the Naval Torpedo Station at Newport, Rhode Island, and in 1901-1902 commanded USS Nashan. In 1903 he served in the Far East, commanding the former Spanish gunboats Don Juan de Austria and Isla de Cuba as well as reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Tours at the Washington Navy Yard and on USS Pennsylvania followed. In 1906-1907 he led the Second Torpedo Flotilla and received promotion to Commander. After recruiting duty at Cincinnati, Ohio, service at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, and command of the gunboat Yorktown, in July 1911 Anderson was promoted to Captain. He then commanded the battleships Iowa and New Hampshire. While in the latter ship, he participated the intervention at Vera Cruz, Mexico, leading the Second Seaman Regiment in combat ashore in April 1914. For his "extraordinary heroism in battle" at that time, he was awarded Medal of Honor. Captain Anderson attended the Naval War College in 1915-1916 and was Supervisor of Naval Auxiliaries at Norfolk, Virgina from late 1916 into the first months of World War I. Temporarily promoted to Rear Admiral in May 1917, his performance as Commander, Patrol Squadron ONE was recognized with the award of the Distinguished Service Medal. His flag rank became permanent in November 1918 and was followed by assignments as commander of an Atlantic Fleet cruiser division and, from November 1919 to May 1922, as Commandant, Sixth Naval District, headquartered at Charleston, South Carolina. He became Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet in August 1922, with the temporary rank of Admiral. When a severe earthquake rocked Japan in September 1923, Anderson acted quickly, sending ships to help the devastated cities of Tokyo and Yokohama. A month later, Anderson returned to the United States and served in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations until his retirement, as a Rear Admiral, in March 1924. Edwin A. Anderson died on 23 September 1933 at his home at Masonboro Sound, Wilmington, North Carolina and is buried at Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, Virginia. Digital ID: ggbain 19696, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Anderson 165kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Anderson 72kUndated, Wilmington, NC, the birthplace of her namesake, Adm. Edwin Alexander Anderson.Al Creasy
Anderson 79kSailors Prayer card.Ron Reeves
Anderson 110kSteaming at high speed during her trials, 1939. Note that her Mk.37 gun director has not yet been installed. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss/Captain Jerry Mason USN/Ron Titus
Anderson 66kPost Card created from the above photo.© Richard Leonhardt
Anderson 165kKearny, New Jersey May 18 1939.Robert Hurst
Anderson 54kBrooklyn Navy Yard May 19 1939 with the crew at Quarters for the Commissioning Ceremony.Bill Gonyo
Anderson 123kUSS Anderson (DD-411) Photographed in harbor, possibly at New York, circa 1939-40. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Anderson 89kUSS Anderson (DD-411) underway during a Neutrality Patrol, 29 June 1941. Photographed from USS Wasp (CV-7). Note her unusual paint scheme: overall No. 5 Navy Gray on vertical surfaces, with all identifying markings painted out. This was done as a security measure prior to her transiting the Panama Canal earlier in the Spring. Photograph from Department of the Navy collections in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Anderson 109kUnderway in the Atlantic in August 1941. Photographed from USS Wasp (CV-7). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Anderson 138kPhoto #: 19-N-26590 (cropped), Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, destroyers fitting out and refitting alongside the Navy Yard piers in January 1942. These ships are (from left to right): USS Tillman (DD-641), commissioned 9 June 1942; probably USS Beatty (DD-640), commissioned 7 May 1942; probably USS Hobson (DD-464), commissioned 22 January 1942; USS Anderson (DD-411); USS Hammann (DD-412); and USS Mustin (DD-413). Note that the three incomplete ships at left are painted in Measure 12 camouflage, while those refitting (at right) wear Camouflage Measure 12 (Modified). Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Anderson 78kPhoto #: 80-G-21694. Battle of Midway, Destroyers stand by to pick up survivors as USS Yorktown (CV-5) is abandoned during the afternoon of 4 June 1942, following Japanese torpedo plane attacks. Destroyers at left are (left to right): Benham (DD-397), Russell (DD-414), and Balch (DD-363). Destroyer at right is Anderson (DD-411). Photographed from USS Pensacola (CA-24). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.Fabio Peņa
Anderson 46kFront cover of a 1943 children' book.Tom Kerman
Anderson 123kThe after section USS Anderson (DD 411) is seen during her undocking from Mare Island's dry dock #1 on 17 May 43. Circled area show modification made by the yard during her overhaul.Darryl Baker
Anderson 124kThe forward section USS Anderson (DD 411) is seen during her undocking from Mare Island's dry dock #1 on 17 May 43.Darryl Baker
Anderson 65kStern view of the USS Anderson (DD 411) departing Mare Island on 21 May 1943 after overhaul.Darryl Baker
Anderson 87kBroadside view of the USS Anderson (DD 411) off Mare Island on 21 May 1943 after overhaul.Darryl Baker
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Damage views of USS Anderson at the Pearl Harbor Yard, 7 March 1944. NA 19GC DD411.
John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Anderson 64kPhotographed in March 1945. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Anderson 126kJune 1946 right before the atomic bomb tests.Ed Zajkowski
Anderson 113kJune 10 1946 at the Bikini A-bomb tests.Ed Zajkowski
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USS Anderson at the bottom of Bikini Atoll.
Steve Hubbard

USS ANDERSON DD-411 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Matthews Hobby Jr.    May 19 1939 - Mar 22 1941
LCDR John Kenneth Burkholder Ginder    Mar 22 1941 - Apr 1 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR Richard Allen Guthrie    Apr 1 1942 - May 14 1943
LCDR John Gardner Tennent III    May 14 1943 - Jan 30 1944 (Killed in action)
LCDR John Adrian Sharpe Jr.    Jan 30 1944 - Dec 1945
LCDR James Joseph McMullan    Dec 1945 - Aug 28 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Rich E. Taylor
Address: W 6105 Woodland Hills Rd., New Lisbon, WI 53950
Phone: 608-847-5618
E-mail: None


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