Anderson, Arthur Junior, EM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1943, EM-0000, USS Savannah (CL-42)
Service Years
1942 - 1943
EM-Electrician's Mate

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Arlington, NJ
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Mediterranean Sea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(cenotaph)

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Savannah (CL-42)
  1943-1943, EM-0000, USS Savannah (CL-42)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Opertion Huskey
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jun 01, 1943, Promoted to EM2
  Sep 05, 2014, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

USS Savannah (CL-42) was the first American ship to open fire against the German shore defenses in Salerno Bay. She silenced a railroad artillery battery with 57 rounds, forced the retirement of enemy tanks, and completed eight more fire support missions that day. She continued her valuable support until the morning of 11 September 1943, when she was put out of action. Savannah increased her speed to 20 kn as a KG 100 Dornier Do 217 K-2 bomber approached from out of the sun. The USAAF's P-38 Lightnings and Savannah's anti-aircraft gunners, tracking this warplane at 18,700 ft, failed to stop the Fritz X bomb, trailing a stream of smoke. The bomb pierced the armored turret roof of Savannah's No. 3 gun turret, passed through three decks into the lower ammunition-handling room, where it exploded, blowing a hole in her keel and tearing a seam in the cruiser's port side. For at least 30 minutes, secondary explosions in the turret and its ammunition supply rooms hampered firefighting efforts.  Savannah's crew quickly sealed off flooded and burned compartments, and corrected her list. With assistance from the salvage tugs Hopi and Moreno, Savannah got underway under her own steam by 1757 hours and steamed for Malta. Savannah lost 197 crewmen in this German counterattack.

EM2 Anderson was killed in action and buried at sea by his shipmates.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 6470078
   
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWWII Memorial National Registry
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2014, World War II Fallen
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2020, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
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