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Sims Class Destroyer
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
Seawolf Productions 2002
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 destroyer screen for USS Lexington CV-2 during the Battle of the Coral Sea until the carrier was sunk on May 8, 1942. A month later, escorted USS Yorktown CV-5 during the Battle of Midway. Next, escorted USS Hornet CV-8 off Guadalcanal until the carrier was sunk during the Battle of the Santa Cruz on October 26, 1942.
For the remainder of the Guadalcanal campaign and afterwards, Anderson remained in the South Pacific, screening warships, escorting convoys, bombarding the enemy ashore and carrying out patrols. She returned to the United States for overhaul during March 1943. Afterwards, to the Aleutians during July-September 1943. The destroyer's next assignments were to support the invasions of the Gilbert Islands in November 1943 and the Marshalls in early 1944.
On January 30, 1944 bombarding Wotje Anderson was hit by a Japanese coastal gun. Two days later, further damaged when grounded. Afterwards, under repair until the middle of June 1944 During July-November 1944 assigned to the Seventh Fleet and participated in the 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.
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