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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - MASKED RIDER

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Todd Shipyards, Seattle. December 1 1944.
Launched July 7 1945 and commissioned October 26 1945.
Appears at the end of the movie The Caine Mutiny starring Humphrey Bogart.
Completed FRAM upgrade July 1961.
Decommissioned December 20 1975.
Stricken January 30 1976.
To Taiwan June 10 1977, renamed Kai Yang.
Fate Decommissioned by Taiwan 11/16/99 and is still laid up as of 11/02.

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Anderson 62kWhile serving with the 4th Marine Division during action against enemy Japanese forces on Roi Island, Kawajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands on Feb. 1, 1944, PFC Anderson entered a shell crater occupied by several other marines. He was preparing to throw a grenade at an enemy position when it slipped from his hands and rolled toward the men at the bottom of the hole. With insufficient time to retrieve the armed weapon and throw it, he fearlessly chose to sacrifice himself and save his companions by hurling his body upon the grenade and taking full impact of the explosion. He received Medal of Honor posthumously.Bill Gonyo
Anderson 96kArtist's conception of the Anderson as she appeared after FRAM I overhaul by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Anderson 39kUndated, location unknown.-
Anderson 36kUndated, location unknown.-
Anderson 43kUndated post card image.Al Kaplan
Anderson 98kUndated, in the Indian Ocean as seen from the USS Enterprise.Mike Foley
Anderson 110kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Anderson 128kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Anderson 149kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Anderson 185kShortly after commissioning not far from Todd-Pacific Shipyard at Bremerton.Claude Crowley
Anderson 120kOctober 31 1945 off Seattle.Ed Zajkowski
Anderson 1145kProbably taken during the Aerobee project with USS Norton Sound (AV-11) in March 1948. Interesting items: (1) Aft quad 40mm gun is replaced by a small compartment with a large exhaust vent and is likely an additional radar room, (2) There is a search light forward of the aft stack.(Both of these items are not in the 6/29/49 photos from Tracy White) and (3) she still had a single pole mast but radar antennas are updated by 12/22/50. Photos from the Vallejo Naval & Historical MuseumDarryl Baker
Anderson 1086kAs above.Darryl Baker
Anderson 47kA series of 8 photos of the Anderson from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard inclining tests, June 29 1949. From the Seattle National Archives, Record Group 181.Tracy White
Anderson 40kAs above.Tracy White
Anderson 53kAs above.Tracy White
Anderson 61kAs above.Tracy White
Anderson 63kAs above.Tracy White
Anderson 59kAs above.Tracy White
Anderson 63kAs above.Tracy White
Anderson 50kAs above.Tracy White
Anderson 131kNavy Photo 7821-12-50, amidships looking forward plan view of USS Richard B. Anderson (DD 786) at Mare Island on 22 Dec 1950. She was in overhaul at the yard from 21 Oct to 28 Dec 1950.Darryl Baker
Anderson 95kNavy Photo 7823-12-50, aft plan view of USS Richard B. Anderson (DD 786) at Mare Island on 22 Dec 1950. The stern of the USS Bausell (DD 845) is just visible forward.Darryl Baker
Anderson 113kSan Diego, CA July 30 1951.Marc Piché
Anderson 52kSasebo, Japan in 1955.Ted Bojanowski
Anderson 94kCirca 1956-1957.Everett Ellestad
Anderson 195kUSS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) January 24 1958 off San Diego at the Silver Strand area, with Mexico's Los Coronados Islands in the background. The helicopter is an HSS-1N (Later SH-34J after 1962) from Antisubmarine Helicopter Squadron HS 4 (Black Knights) which was stationed at the Naval Auxiliary Field Imperial Beach, just south of where this photo was taken.Robert M. Cieri/David Buell
Anderson 128kUSS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) at Vancouver BC on July 24 1961. Source: City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-7767.1, by Walter E. Frost.Mike Green
Anderson 270kThe USS Prairie (AD-15), USS Shields (DD-596), USS Agerholm (DD-826), USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) and an unidentified destroyer on August 20 1962, location unknown. NHC photo #94750.Ed Zajkowski
Anderson 104kUSS Prairie (AD-15) with destroyers at San Diego, California, circa 20 August 1962. The ships alongside are USS Evans (DE-1023), USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786), USS Agerholm (DD-826), and USS Shields (DD-596). U.S. Navy photo from the USS Prairie (AD-15) 1962-63 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Anderson 120kLocation unknown, post FRAM, DASH helo on helicopter deck, circa mid-60s.Marc Piché
Anderson 107kLeaving Hong Kong in October 1964 to avoid the oncoming path of Typhoon Dot.David Hurst
Anderson 178kWirephoto dated August 5 1964, USS Agerholm (DD-826) and USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786).Ron Reeves
Anderson 148kPhotos taken from the deck of the USS Caliente AO-53 between '66 and '69 off the coast of Vietnam.Bill Dougherty
Anderson 150kAs above.Bill Dougherty
Anderson 136kChuck Ehret SM2 during the 1966 WestPac Deployment off Vietnam.Chuck Ehret
Anderson 85kUSS Basilone (DD-824) and USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) in Kaohsiung, Taiwan May 1966.Larry Backus
Anderson 139kAs above, that evening.Larry Backus
Anderson 81kA fuel stop at Midway Island on the way to WestPac, USS Bausell (DD-845), USS Richard B. Anderson and on the other side of the pier is, probably, the USS Wedderburn (DD-684) in January 1966.Larry Backus
Anderson 97kUSS Brush (DD-745), USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786), USS Bausell (DD-845), USS Wedderburn (DD-684) and USS Worden (DLG-18) nested with the USS Dixie (AD-14) at Subic Bay, P.I. in late January 1966.Larry Backus
Anderson 149kFebruary 1966 in the South China Sea, photo by JOC R. D. Moeser.Ed Zajkowski
Anderson 69kNaval Gunfire Support (NGFS) off Vietnam in March 1966.David Hurst
Anderson 57kNaval Gunfire Support (NGFS) off Vietnam in March 1966.David Hurst
Anderson 208kStacking empty 5"/38 powder vans off Vietnam March 27 1966, photo by JOC R. D. Moeser.Ed Zajkowski
Anderson 170kStacking empty 5"/38 powder vans off Vietnam March 27 1966, photo by JOC R. D. Moeser.Ed Zajkowski
Anderson 77kMay 1966 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, USS Bausell (DD-845), USS Worden (DLG-18) and USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786).Larry Backus
Anderson 95kUSS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786), USS Bausell (DD-845) and USS Shelton (DD-790) in San Diego July 1966.Larry Backus
Anderson 94kUSS Berkeley (DDG-15) and USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) October 1967 off Japan.Larry Backus
Anderson 59kUSS Berkeley (DDG-15) and USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) October 1967 off Japan.Larry Backus
Anderson 183kSan Diego, September 1969, USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786), USS Bausell (DD-845), USS Boyd (DD-544), USS Taylor (DD-468), USS Walker (DD517) and USS Uhlmann (DD-687) alonside USS Dixie (AD-14). Photo by PH2 Borchers.Ed Zajkowski
Anderson 131k1971 off San Diego. The "bubble" on the flight deck is an air supported structure supplied by Byrd Airstructures (sp?) to conceal a surface to air missile which was being evaluated for shipboard use.William F. Yannayon Sr./Carlton Currie
Anderson 41kPublished photo of the Anderson with the caption "Increasing speed to avoid shellfire from Hon Ci Island, North Vietnam," however, this is not the Anderson. The identity of the ship may be the USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764). If you know for sure, please let us know. The photo was taken during Operation Linebacker in 1972. The Task Unit had a LAMPS helicopter assigned. While the ships were engaging shore batteries the helicopter crew took photos of a ship under fire that they misidentified as ANDERSON. Circa 1972, US Navy photo.Joe Radigan
Anderson 148kUSS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) during UNREP with USS Ashtabula (AO-51), South China Sea, April 1972.Glenn R. Sirkis
Anderson 154kUSS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) breaks off following UNREP with USS Ashtabula (AO-51), South China Sea, April 1972.Glenn R. Sirkis
Anderson 128kNewspaper clipping of the Anderson under fire off Vietnam dated May 13 1972.David Hurst
Anderson 133kRichard B. Anderson (DD-786) and Rowan (DD-782) moored, probably at Yokosuka, July-August 1972. Photo from Michael Corsi, RM3, USN (Ret.), via Bob Canchola, BT, USN (Ret.), USS Oriskany (CVA 34), 1971-73.Bob Canchola
Anderson 66kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Anderson 111kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Anderson 236kShip's patch.Tom Gamstetter
Anderson 165kDestroyer Division 12 patch.Ed Velasquez
Anderson 233kShip's patch.Rick Schindlbeck
Anderson 277kShip's patch.Rick Schindlbeck
On Republic of China Service
Anderson 140kROCS Kai Yang (915, ex-USS Richard B. Anderson, DD-786) tied up at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Sept. 1977. Alongside Kai Yang is an unidentified ex-USN 'Cherokee' - class tug # 336. Photo by Karsten Petersen.Robert Hurst

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Hugh Quinn Murray    Oct 26 1945 - Jul 15 1947

CDR Delmer Francis Quackenbush Jr.    Jul 15 1947 - Jun 5 1949

CDR William Paden Mack    Jun 5 1949 - May 1950 (Later VADM)

CDR Charles Maurice Sugarman    May 1950 - 1951

CDR Frank Ray Whitby Jr.    1951 - ?

CDR George Ritter Reinhart III    1952 - May 54

CDR William Ross Barnett    May 1954 - ?

CDR George Alexander Sullivan    1955 - ?

CDR Henry Arthur Eimstad    1957 - ?

CDR Chester Lawrence Petersen    ?

CDR James Francis McAvenia Jr.    1959 - May 3 1961

CDR Emmett Hulcy Tidd    May 3 1961 - Jan 28 1963 (Later VADM)

CDR Chester Lawrence Petersen    Jan 28 1963 - Jul 25 1964

CDR Justin Edward Langille III    Jul 25 1964 - Dec 30 1965 (Later RADM)

CDR Edward Thomas Alberta    Dec 30 1965 - Oct 1967

CDR Douglas Barnes Robertson    Oct 1967 - May 1969

CDR Herbert Franklin Nelson    May 1969 - Sep 7 1971

CDR Joseph Albert Felt    Sep 7 1971 - Jul 27 1973

CDR Lewis Herman Thames    Jul 27 1973 - Nov 1975

LCDR Charles Momfred St. Laurent    Nov 1975 - Dec 20 1975

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