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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 Drydock 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 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.

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.

Sinking History
On July 1, 194t6 Anderson was a target ship during atomic bomb test "Able" at Bikini Atoll. She is sunk on her side at a depth of 170'.

Shipwreck
Today the shipwreck is able to be SCUBA dived.

References
SeaWolf Productions - USS Anderson DD-411

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May 22, 2017

 

 

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