Anderson, Edward Lee, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1968, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
Service Years
1938 - 1968

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Anderson, Edward Lee, CAPT.
Contact Info
Home Town
Claremont, Virginia
Last Address
Waverly, Virginia

Date of Passing
Feb 10, 1998
Location of Interment
Claremont Cemetery - Claremont, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

NORAD Command Badge US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Captain Anderson was born in Claremont, VA on September 22, 1914. He enlisted in the Navy in 1932 and was accepted to the Naval Academy in 1934. He graduated in the top 113 of his class in 1938. He received his gold Naval Aviator Wings in March 1941 and transitioned into the Douglas SBD. He reported aboard the USS Enterprise in May 1941. Enterprise participated in the Marshall Islands Raid. From June 4Ih to June 6 1942, the Enterprise, along with the carriers Hornet and Yorktown, fought the Battle of Midway. He served as a Section Leader of a bombing squadron aboard the Enterprise and for his actions was awarded the Navy Cross. He also received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his efforts during the Battle of Midway. From August 1942 to January 1944, he served as a Chief Instructor for advanced carrier operations and Chief Flight Instructor at NAS Jacksonville and NAS Dayton Beach. From January 1944 to January 1945 he served aboard the USS Ticonderoga. He was the commanding officer of Bombing Squadron 80 and flew the SB2C. While serving on the USS Ticonderoga, he was severely injured in two Kamikaze attacks and received a Purple Heart as a result of these. In August 1949, he reported to the USS Midway as an Air Officer. In June 1955, he reported to the USS Forrestal where he served as the Executive Officer until July 1956. In August 1958 he was given his first command of a surface ship the USS Onslow, which was a seaplane tender. On June 6, 1961 he was given command of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and on July 1, 1968 he retired from the Navy after a 32-year career.

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Brooklyn (CL-40)USS Leary (DD-158)NAS PensacolaVB-6
NAS Jacksonville FLVB-80USS Card (CVE-11)CNO - OPNAV
Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)USS Midway (CVB-41)Allied Forces Southern Europe (AFSE), Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE)USS Forrestal (CVA-59)
USS Onslow (AVP-48)USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
  1938-1939, USS Brooklyn (CL-40)
  1939-1939, USS Leary (DD-158)
  1940-1941, NAS Pensacola
  1941-1942, VB-6
  1942-1944, NAS Jacksonville FL
  1944-1945, 131X, VB-80
  1945-1946, USS Card (CVE-11)
  1946-1948, CNO - OPNAV
  1948-1949, Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)
  1949-1950, USS Midway (CVB-41)
  1952-1954, CNO - OPNAV
  1954-1955, Allied Forces Southern Europe (AFSE), Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE)
  1955-1956, USS Forrestal (CVA-59)
  1957-1959, CNO - OPNAV
  1959-1960, USS Onslow (AVP-48)
  1961-1962, USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)
  1962-1965, CNO - OPNAV
  1965-1968, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Ormoc Bay
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyArmed Forces Staff CollegeNational War College
  1934-1938, United States Naval Academy
  1950-1952, Armed Forces Staff College
  1956-1957, National War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 02, 1938, Commissioned Ensign
  Jun 02, 1941, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Mar 01, 1944, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Nov 05, 1945, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 01, 1956, Promoted to Captain
  Apr 01, 2014, General Photos2
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