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
1966-1968, 131X, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
Service Years
1932 - 1968

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Year of Birth
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Home Town
Claremont, Virginia
Last Address
Waverly, Virginia

Date of Passing
Feb 10, 1998
Location of Interment
Claremont Cemetery - Claremont, Virginia
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NORAD Command Badge US Navy Retired 30

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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 just prior to December Enterprise participated in the Marshall Islands Raid. During this raid he received his first of five Air Medals while in action with the enemy. 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 October 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. On July 2, 1959 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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 Duty Stations
School Assignments - StaffUSS Enterprise (CV-6)VB-6USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
VB-80USS Hancock (CV-19)USS Midway (CV-41)Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
USS Forrestal (CV-59)National War CollegeUSS Onslow (AVP-48)USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
  1938-1940, 139X, Naval Flight Training
  1941-1942, 131X, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1941-1942, 131X, VB-6
  1942-1944, 131X, Naval Flight Training
  1944-1945, 139X, USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
  1944-1945, 131X, VB-80
  1945-1945, 131X, USS Hancock (CV-19)
  1949-1950, 131X, USS Midway (CV-41)
  1950-1951, 131X, Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
  1955-1956, 131X, USS Forrestal (CV-59)
  1956-1957, 131X, National War College
  1959-1961, 131X, USS Onslow (AVP-48)
  1961-1962, 131X, USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)
  1966-1968, 131X, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyArmed Forces Staff CollegeNational War College
  1934-1938, United States Naval Academy
  1950-1951, Armed Forces Staff College
  1956-1957, National War College
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