Anderson, John Byrns, Jr., TM3c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Torpedoman 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1946, TM-0000, USS Euryale (AS-22)
Service Years
1943 - 1946
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Decommissioning
Order of the Golden Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
TM-Torpedoman's Mate

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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Algiers/New Orleans, Louisiana
Last Address
Born and died at New Orleans, Louisiana.

Date of Passing
Apr 17, 2016
 
Location of Interment
Matairie Cemetery - New Orleans, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Honorable Discharge Emblem (WWII)


 Unofficial Badges 

US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star






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Last Known Activity

TM/3rd Class, John Byrns "Pal" Anderson, Jr.
WWII Torpedoman's Mate, USNR

August 10, 1924 - April 17, 2016

Pal grew up in Algiers (New Orleans) and graduated from Behrman High School and LSU. His engineering studies at LSU were interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy during WWII, where he spent over two years in the Pacific Ocean defending our country. Many of Pal’s fondest memories were of the comradeship formed aboard the USS Euryale keeping the USA safe from harm. Upon return back to New Orleans, he finished LSU with a degree in business. 
   
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USS Euryale (AS-22) - Submarine Tender, United States Navy:

Hawaiian Merchant was purchased by the Navy on 15 April 1943 at New York. The ship commissioned 2 December 1943 as USS Euryale (AS-22) with Captain H. A. Guthrie in command. Euryale reached Brisbane, Australia, from New York City 5 March 1944, and after loading provisions and supplies, sailed for Milne Bay, New Guinea. There between 14 March and 26 May, Euryale refitted submarines and repaired surface ships. At Manus from 28 May to 11 August, she established a forward base and rest camp for submariners, clearing the island, constructing buildings and at the same time refitting 26 submarines.

The submarine tender returned to Brisbane on 16 August 1944 to load passengers, torpedoes, ammunition, and general cargo, and with this load arrived at Fremantle on 28 August. She tended submarines there until 11 April 1945, then at Pearl Harbor until 16 August. On 28 August, Euryale arrived at Guam to develop a submarine base and rest camp, and on 16 September sailed for Okinawa and Sasebo. Until 12 January 1946, Euryale worked with Japanese submarines, maintaining them and preparing them for disposal. She crossed the Pacific to Pearl Harbor with a salvage ship and two Japanese submarines, one of which she towed for the last leg of the passage, then continued on alone to San Francisco, where she arrived 22 February. The USS Euryale was decommissioned and placed in reserve on 7 October 1946. TM3c John Byrns Anderson was a Plank Owner and on board throughout the ship's active service.
   
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
Start Year
1943
End Year
1944

Description
The last obstacle in liberating all of New Guinea island was the Vogelkop Peninsula in Dutch New Guinea. The Japanese resistance on the peninsula gathered at Manokwari, and MacArthur did not wish to contest with this force. Instead, his "hit 'em where they ain't" strategy took the Allied forces to a number of undefended beaches near Cape Opmaria and Sansapor. Like Rabaul, the 25,000 men at Manokwari were now stranded, frustratingly idling uselessly.

In Sep 1944, Allied troops occupied the Halmahera Islands, concluding the New Guinea Campaign. MacArthur was now only several hundred miles from the Philippines. In his memoir, MacArthur attributed to the Allied victory over New Guinea to mobility and the ability to achieve surprise at key confrontations. Additionally, he also insisted that his refusal to deploy military governors over conquered regions helped his command focus on the task at hand. Instead, he brought in Dutch and Australian civil administrators immediately after the area had been deemed secure. "The success of this method was reflected in the complete lack of friction between the various governments concerned", he noted.

Although Allied attention would move toward the Philippine Islands by this time, small pockets of Japanese resistance would continue to fight until late May 1945.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
May 12, 2017
   
Personal Memories
   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  177 Also There at This Battle:
  • Alumbaugh, Maurice, PO1, (1942-1953)
  • Ballard, Bland Albert, F1c, (1942-1945)
  • Bibb, James, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Booth, Robert Douglas, PO2, (1943-1945)
  • Colvin, Victor Morgan, F1c, (1944-1945)
  • Cote, Arthur, S1c, (1943-1946)
  • Crawforth, Evan, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Desideri, Gino, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Donaldson, Lyle, MCPO, (1940-1975)
  • Fuller, Leroy, PO1, (1941-1945)
  • Garrett, Earl, PO2, (1941-1953)
  • Gayler, Noel, ADM, (1935-1976)
  • Hazelwood, Denna, PO1, (1942-1944)
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