Anderson, Robert Harold, LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 131X, USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Lieutenant
Lieutenant

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Home State
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Eau Clair
Last Address
Eau Clair

Casualty Date
Dec 14, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Philippines
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944)
Location of Interment
Forest Hill Cemetery - Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Duty Stations
VBF-80USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)
  1943-1944, 131X, VBF-80
  1944-1944, 131X, USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Arawe
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
  1944-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Robert Anderson became a U.S. Naval ACE during World War II, and was credited with destroying 8.5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat.
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded
1944
 
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Robert Harold Anderson (NSN: 0-106429), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Bomber in Bombing Fighting Squadron EIGHTY (VBF-80), attached to the U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV19), while participating in an aerial flight against enemy forces on 14 December 1944, in the vicinity of the Philippine Islands. Lieutenant Anderson led a division of planes in an eight-plane formation and when an enemy formation of twenty-seven planes was encountered, he led the attack on the enemy formation despite the numerical odds and during the ensuing engagement shot down five enemy planes and probably shot down another enemy plane. When his wingman was under attack by an enemy plane and while he was almost out of ammunition, he dove on the enemy plane and forced the enemy plane to break off from the attack. His courage and skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander 2d Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0909 (January 13, 1945)

Action Date: December 14, 1944 
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Bombing Fighting Squadron 80 (VBF-80)
Division: U.S.S. Hancock (CV-19)

 
Name of Award
Distinguished Flying Cross

Devices
Gold Letter V  Gold Letter V  Awarded for distinguished actions in combat (valor)

Year Awarded
1945
 
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Robert Harold Anderson (NSN: 0-106429), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in operations against the enemy shipping off the coast of Indo-China on 10 January 1945. Leading a division of carrier based fighter planes against an enemy convoy, he personally scored a direct 1,000-pound bomb hit on a large tanker causing it to explode and later sink. His courage, skill and leadership, coupled with complete disregard for his personal safety, were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: 10-Jan-45

Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Bombing Fighting Squadron 80 (VBF-80)
Division: U.S.S. Hancock (CV-19)
   
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