Anderson, William Robert, CAPT

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Line Officer
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1960-1962, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
Service Years
1942 - 1962

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Home Town
Bakerville, TN
Last Address
Alexandria, VA

Date of Passing
Feb 25, 2007
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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“He loved Tennessee, and he loved the Navy,” said Pat Anderson, who married Captain Anderson in 1980 and lives in Virginia.“His real strength was in giving other people the credit,” she said. “He treated everyone with great respect. … He was just totally unpretentious. He truly was shy. He hated cocktail parties and dreaded reunions. He was not a show guy.”

Born in
Bakerville, Tennessee, on June 17, 1921, Captain Anderson graduated from Columbia Military Academy in Columbia, Tennessee, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1942. He quickly advanced, becoming a Captain at 39.

He participated in 11 submarine combat patrol missions missions and was honored with the Bronze Star as well as other awards.

In 1964, Captain Anderson was elected to the U.S. Congress and represented
Tennessee’s 6th District as a Democrat for four terms. At that time, the 6th District included 16 counties, including Trousdale, Sumner, Robertson, Cheatham, Montgomery, Dickson, Williamson, Maury and Rutherford.

“The people in this district are people with confidence in
Tennessee and the nation to move forward to meet the challenges of this complicated era,” Captain Anderson was quoted as saying in November 1964 after winning the congressional seat. He was defeated in 1972 after he spoke out against the Vietnam war and publicly challenged then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover about the treatment of anti-war activists and brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan. Captain Anderson also served as consultant to Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson on the National Service Corps.

After his retirement from the Navy, Captain Anderson and his wife, Pat, founded Public Office Corporation, a data management firm.
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Submarine combat war patrols:
USS Tarpon (SS-175) - 4th
USS Narwhal (SS-167) - 5th through 12th
USS Trutta (SS-421) - 1st through 3rd
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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Tarpon (SS-175)USS Narwhal (SS-167)USS Trutta (SS-421)
USS Sarda (SS-488)University of Idaho NROTC (Cadre)USS Tang (SS-563)USS Wahoo (SS-565)
Naval Submarine School, Groton, CTAtomic Energy CommissionUSS Nautilus (SSN-571)Nuclear Power Training Command (Faculty Staff), Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC)
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1942-1942, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1942-1943, USS Tarpon (SS-175)
  1943-1944, USS Narwhal (SS-167)
  1944-1946, USS Trutta (SS-421)
  1946-1949, USS Sarda (SS-488)
  1949-1951, University of Idaho NROTC (Cadre)
  1951-1951, USS Trutta (SS-421)
  1951-1953, USS Tang (SS-563)
  1953-1955, USS Wahoo (SS-565)
  1955-1956, Naval Submarine School, Groton, CT
  1956-1957, Atomic Energy Commission
  1957-1959, USS Nautilus (SSN-571)
  1959-1960, Atomic Energy Commission
  1959-1961, Nuclear Power Training Command (Faculty Staff), Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC)
  1960-1962, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 USS Narwhal (SS-167)
  1945-1945 USS TRUTTA (SS-421) 1st War Patrol
  1945-1945 USS TRUTTA (SS-421) 2nd War Patrol
  1945-1945 USS TRUTTA (SS-421) 3rd War Patrol
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1957-1957 Training Exercise - StrikeBack '57
  1958-1958 Operation Sunshine (North Pole)7
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1939-1942, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  United States Congressman from Tennesse
  1959 - AUTHOR - Nautilus 90 degrees North1
  1959 - AUTHOR - First Under the North Pole, The voyage of the Nautilus
  1961 - AUTHOR - 1961 - The atomic submarine and Polaris (Adventures in nature and science)
  Aug 07, 1958, White House press conference after Polar trip3
  Aug 27, 1958, USS Nautilus parade and presentation in NYC (1958)8
  Aug 29, 1958, Arrival back in New London after polar trip4
  Sep 01, 1958, Life Magazine cover1
  Jan 01, 1962, Retired
  Jul 31, 2008, - AUTHOR - The Ice Diaries (published after his death)1
  Mar 04, 2020, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2020, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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