Anderson, Richard Pershing, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1945, USS Bush (DD-529)
Service Years
1943 - 1945
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Chicago, IL
Last Address
Chicago, IL

Casualty Date
Apr 06, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Last Known Activity

USS Bush (DD-529) was operating as radar picket ship off Okinawa 6 April 1945 and had splashed at least one plane when she was hit and subsequently sunk by three Japanese kamikazes. At 1515, the first plane hit at the deck level on the starboard side between number one and two stacks causing its bomb or torpedo to explode in the forward engine room. Although much damage was sustained the ship was not believed to be in severe danger and tugs were requested. Colhoun was closing in to assist when she was hit by a suicide plane and was so severely damaged that she had to be sunk by United States forces.

At 1725, a second kamikaze crashed into the port side of Bush's main deck between the stacks, starting a large fire and nearly severing the ship. At 1745, a third crashed onto the port side just above the main deck. Some of the ship's ammunition caught fire and began to explode. Although it was believed that she would break amidships, it was thought that both halves would be salvageable. However, an unusually heavy swell rocked the ship, and Bush began to cave in amidships. Other swells followed, and the ship was abandoned by her 227 survivors just before she folded and sank. 87 of her crew were lost.

LTJG Anderson was among the men lost. His body was not recovered and he was later declared dead.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 164127

LTJG Anderson was trained at the Merchant Marine Academy and served for a short time in that service. The years included 1942 and 1943. He left the Merchant Marine service when he was given a commision in the US Navy Reserves.
 
   


World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944)
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Battle of Leyte in the Pacific campaign of World War II was the amphibious invasion of the Gulf of Leyte in the Philippines by American and Filipino guerrilla forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur, who fought against the Imperial Japanese Army in the Philippines led by General Tomoyuki Yamashita from 17 October 1944 - 1 July 1945. The operation code named King Two launched the Philippines campaign of 1944–45 for the recapture and liberation of the entire Philippine Archipelago and to end almost three years of Japanese occupation.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Oct 16, 2018
   
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  555 Also There at This Battle:
  • Adling, Richard
  • Ball, Robert, PO1, (1942-1945)
  • Baxter, James
  • Beckwith, John Edward, S1c, (1942-1945)
  • Bedrosian, John, SN, (1944-1946)
  • Blanton, Osie, CPO, (1931-1952)
  • Booth, Robert Douglas, PO2, (1943-1945)
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