Anderson, Paul Leroy, CTM

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Last Rank
Chief Torpedoman
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1943, TM-0000, USS Leary (DD-158)
Service Years
1937 - 1943
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Athens, PA
Last Address
304 Pennsylvania Ave
Athens, PA

Casualty Date
Dec 24, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
North Atlantic Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Tioga Point Cemetery - Athens , Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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 Duty Stations
US NavyAdvancement Schools and CoursesUSS Leary (DD-158)
  1940-1940, TM-0000, USS Rigel (AD-13)
  1940-1940, TM-0000, USS Dunlap (DD-384)
  1940-1942, TM-0000, USS Charles F. Hughes (DD-428)
  1942-1942, TM-0000, (MMW) Torpedomans Mate C School
  1942-1943, TM-0000, USS Glennon (DD-620)
  1943-1943, TM-0000, Torpedo Advanced School
  1943-1943, TM-0000, USS Leary (DD-158)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1940-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Opertion Huskey
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  May 16, 1940, Promoted to TM3
  Feb 21, 1942, Deck Court
  Apr 01, 1943, Promoted to CTM
  Sep 04, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 24 December 1943, the task group was caught in a storm in the North Atlantic when at 01:58 in the morning, USS Leary (DD-158) made a ping on a U-boat off her starboard bow. After her commander, James E. Kyes, ordered her to battle stations but before the destroyer could react, she was struck by a G7es torpedo fired by the German submarine U-275. The torpedo struck her starboard side and detonated in the after engine room, killing all of the men there and damaging both propeller shafts. She quickly developed a 20 degree list to starboard, and was unable to move in the heavy seas. Unbeknownst to the task group, a second German submarine, U-382 fired at Leary but missed. Soon after, Kyes ordered the crew to abandon ship. Two additional torpedoes from U-275 rocked the ship, and it rapidly sank, stern first.

CTM Anderson was among the men listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
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Service number: 2341634

The information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
   
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World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, World War II Fallen
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