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  USS Anderson DD-411
USN
Sims Class Destroyer

1,570 Tons
348' 4" x 36' x 12' 10"
4 x 5"/38 guns
4 x 50 cal MG
2 x 4 21" torpedo tubes
2 x depth charge tracks
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USN 1942

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Seawolf Productions 2002

Construction
Built by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydocked Company in Kearny, NJ. Laid down November 15, 1937. Launched February 4, 1939. Towed to the New York Navy Yard, and delivered there to US Navy on May 18, 1939 and commissioned May 19, 1939 with Lieutenant Commander William M. Hobby, Jr., in command. Named in honor of Rear Admiral Edwin Alexander Anderson, Jr., who earned the Medal of Honor. Sponsored by Mrs. Mertie Loraine Anderson, the widow of Rear Admiral Anderson

Wartime History
Served in the Atlantic and Caribbean area into April 1940, then transited the Panama Canal to take up duties in the Pacific. With several other ships, she was sent back through the canal in June 1941 to reinforce the Navy's forces in the North Atlantic. During the last months of the year, both before and after war formally began with Germany on 11 December, she escorted convoys to and from Iceland, took part in anti-submarine actions, and carried out patrols.

Anderson returned to the Pacific in early 1942 and remained in that ocean for the rest of her service. She accompanied USS Yorktown in the south Pacific in March and April, was part of USS Lexington's screen during the Battle of the Coral Sea in early May and was back with Yorktown a month later for the Battle of Midway. When the carrier Hornet was sent to serve off Guadalcanal, Anderson operated with the USS Hornet the carrier's loss in the late October 1942 Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.

For the rest of the Guadalcanal Campaign, and beyond, Anderson remained in the south Pacific, screening heavy ships, escorting convoys, bombarding the enemy ashore and carrying out patrols. She returned to the U.S. for overhaul in March 1943 and went north for Aleutians' operations during July-September. The destroyer's next assignments were to support the invasions of the Gilbert Islands in November 1943 and the Marshalls in early 1944. She was hit by Japanese coast-defense gunfire while bombarding Wotje on 30 January. Further damaged by grounding two days later, Anderson was under repair until mid-June 1944. July-November 1944 was spent with the Seventh Fleet, including participation in landings at Morotai and Leyte. During the latter operation, on 1 November, she was hit by a Japanese suicide plane and again had to return to the U.S. for repairs.

Postwar
In early 1946, Anderson voyaged back to Pearl Harbor, where she stayed until May, then proceeded on to the Marshall Islands for use as a target ship during "Operation Crossroads" nuclear tests. USS Anderson on July 1, 1946 in the "Able" atomic bomb explosion at Bikini Atoll. She is sunk on her side at 170' and divable.

References
SeaWolf Productions - USS Anderson DD-411

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May 3, 2016

 

 

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