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|74k||Eric Theodore Andres was born on 12 May 1915 at Flint, Mich. He received a bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University in 1937. After enlisting in the Naval Reserve on 25 October 1941 at Chicago, Ill., he underwent his initial naval training at the Abbott Hall Naval Reserve Midshipman's School at Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill. Promoted to ensign on 15 May 1942, Andres was assigned to duty in the heavy cruiser Astoria (CA 34), and joined his ship soon thereafter. The young officer was killed in Astoria during the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Ensign Andres was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
USS Andres (DE 45) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the Archives Department of the Valparaiso University Library)
|83k||25 March 1943: Philadelphia, Pa. - Andres (DE45) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. In the background, to the right, lie USS Olympia (IX 40) and the hulk of USS Wadsworth (DD 94). (Photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command, RG-19-LCM. Photo # NH 92285 as printed in "The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships")||Robert Hurst|
|104k||25 March 1943: Philadelphia, Pa. - The destroyer escort USS Andres (DE 45) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 107305 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)|
|80k||starboard side, 17 October 1943||Edward M. Eastman|
|158k||overhead, underway, 12 July 1944|
|89k||National Archives photo used to illustrate Ms 22 camouflage|
|Andres' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 15 Mar. 1943 - 01 Jun. 1943||Lcdr. Clayton Rogers Simmers (Comm.)|
|2.) 01 Jun. 1943 - 01 Sep. 1943||Lcdr. Jasper Newton McDonald|
|3.) 01 Sep. 1943 - 04 Jul. 1944||Lcdr. Carroll W. Brigham, USNR|
|4.) 04 Jul. 1944 -18 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. Harold E. Waller, USNR (Decomm.)|
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