ANDERSON DD 411

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.


    Sims Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 15 November 1937 - Launched 4 February 1939

  1. USS ANDERSON DD 411
    Commissioned 19 May 1939 - Decommissioned 22 June 1946
    Sunk 1 July 1946 in Atomic Bomb Test Able at Bikini Atoll

    Struck from Naval Register 24 September 1946

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Anderson DD-411 Covers Page 1    (1937-1943, 2002)

 

Postmarks

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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
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Post Office Established 19 May 1939 - Disestablished 15 January 1946


 

Locy Type
FDC 3 (A-BBT)

"FIRST DAY /
COMMISSION"

1939-05-19

Commissioning, cachet by Ralph A. Weiss


 

Locy Type 2(n)

(Used after POD)

1946-04-01

Postmark used after the official post office closing date of 15 January 1946.


 

Locy Type 2#

(Br. #15861)

1945-10-26

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

"BROOKLYN /
NEW YORK"

1939-11-01

Note:


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

1943-06-05

Note:


 

Locy Type 9v

1939-11-02

Note:


 

Locy Type 9x

1939-11-01

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Locy Type F

"MOTHER'S DAY /
U.S.S. ANDERSON"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-30

1940-05-12

Note the different date style between this postmark and the Type F below.


 

Locy Type F

"MOTHER'S DAY /
U.S.S. ANDERSON"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-30

1940-05-12

Mother's Day
Cover illustration courtesy of Gary Denis.


 

Locy Type
LDC 2(n)

(Used after POD)

1946-06-22

Decommissioning. Add-on cachet by Richard F. Hoffner



Non Postal Marking


 

U.S.N. and Stars

Non-postal
marking

1940-05-12

Non-Postal marking seen on the 12 May 1940 Mother's Day cover.

 

Other Information

USS ANDERSON earned 10 Battle Stars for WWII service

NAMESAKE - Admiral Edwin Alexander Anderson, Jr., USN (16 July 1860 - 23 September 1933)
Anderson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1882. Two years' sea duty on the Sloop of War KEARSARGE and the Gunboat ALLIANCE was followed by promotion to Ensign in 1884 and service on USS QUINNEBAUG SP-1687 in European waters. From 1888 to 1896 he had survey and hydrographic assignments, among them a tour on the research steamer ALBATROSS. Anderson attained the rank of Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in September 1894. In early 1897, he reported on board the Cruiser USS MARBLEHEAD C-11 and was promoted to Lieutenant in March 1898. On May 11 1898, during the Spanish-American War, he led the MARBLEHEAD boat parties that helped cut the communication cables off Cienfugos, Cuba. Later in the war Anderson delivered the Spanish vessel ADULA to Savannah, Georgia, and in late 1898 and early 1899 commanded captured Spanish gunboats. Lieutenant Anderson was next assigned to the Naval Torpedo Station at Newport, Rhode Island, and in 1901-1902 commanded USS NASHAN. In 1903 he served in the Far East, commanding the former Spanish gunboats DON JUAN de AUSTRIA and ISLA de CUBA as well as reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Tours at the Washington Navy Yard and on USS PENNSYLVANIA ACR-4 followed. In 1906-1907 he led the Second Torpedo Flotilla and received promotion to Commander. After recruiting duty at Cincinnati, Ohio, service at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, and command of the Gunboat USS YORKTOWN PG-1, in July 1911 Anderson was promoted to Captain. He then commanded the Battleships USS IOWA BB-4 and USS NEW HAMPSHIRE BB-25. While in the latter ship, he participated the intervention at Vera Cruz, Mexico, leading the Second Seaman Regiment in combat ashore in April 1914. For his "extraordinary heroism in battle" at that time, he was awarded Medal of Honor. Captain Anderson attended the Naval War College in 1915-1916 and was Supervisor of Naval Auxiliaries at Norfolk, Virginia from late 1916 into the first months of World War I. Temporarily promoted to Rear Admiral in May 1917, his performance as Commander, Patrol Squadron ONE was recognized with the award of the Distinguished Service Medal. His flag rank became permanent in November 1918 and was followed by assignments as commander of an Atlantic Fleet cruiser division and, from November 1919 to May 1922, as Commandant, Sixth Naval District, headquartered at Charleston, South Carolina. He became Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet in August 1922, with the temporary rank of Admiral. When a severe earthquake rocked Japan in September 1923, Anderson acted quickly, sending ships to help the devastated cities of Tokyo and Yokohama. A month later, Anderson returned to the United States and served in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations until his retirement, as a Rear Admiral, in March 1924. Edwin A. Anderson died on September 23 1933 at his home at Masonboro Sound, Wilmington, North Carolina and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Mertie Lorain Anderson, widow of Admiral Anderson.

 


 

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