Anderson, William Robert, TM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1944, TM-0000, USS Tullibee (SS-284)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
TM-Torpedoman's Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Arnot, PA
Last Address
64 Extension St
Mansfield, PA

Casualty Date
Mar 26, 1944
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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Last Known Activity

On 5 March 1944, the USS Tullibee stood out of Pearl Harbor to begin her fourth war patrol. Nine days later, she called at Midway Island to top off her fuel and then proceeded to her patrol area in the Palau Islands. She was scheduled to support aircraft carrier strikes against those islands on 30-31 March. On 25 March, Tullibee arrived on station and began patrolling. The next day, off the Palau Islands she made radar contact on a convoy consisting of a large passenger-cargo ship, two medium-sized freighters, a destroyer, and two other escorts. The submarine made several surface runs on the transport but kept losing her in rain squalls. Tullibee finally closed to 3,000 yards (2,700 m) and launched two torpedoes from her bow tubes at the target. About two minutes later, the submarine was rocked by a violent explosion. It was only learned after the war that Tullibee's torpedo had run a circular course and she had sunk herself. TM3 Anderson was a member of the crew. His remains were never recovered.
Service number: 2432900

Submarine war patrols:
USS Nautilus (SS-167) - 7th and 8th
USS Tullibee (SS-284) - 1st, 2nd, and 4th

At least one newspaper source states that TM3 Anderson had served in the Navy prior to the beginning of WWII and reenlisted in 1942, but no details can be found about his prior service.

While searching for TM3 Anderson's name at the various memorial sites listing military service members, it will be found that at both the Gold Star Family Register and the WWII Memorial Register, his branch of service is incorrectly listed as the US Marine Corps. I've sent messages to both sites and, hopefully, the listings will be corrected soon.

The information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols

 Duty Stations
NAVSTA Mare IslandUSS Tullibee (SS-284)USS Nautilus (SS-168)USS Tullibee (SS-284)
  1943-1943, TM-0000, NAVSTA Mare Island
  1943-1943, TM-0000, USS Tullibee (SS-284)
  1943-1944, TM-0000, USS Nautilus (SS-168)
  1944-1944, TM-0000, USS Tullibee (SS-284)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 USS Tullibee (SS-284)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  WWII draft card
  Mar 27, 1944, Listed as MIA (official)
  Aug 04, 1944, Mansfield Sailor Reported Missing in Pacific Area1
  Mar 11, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Nov 25, 2017, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
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