Anderson, Arthur, F1c

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Last Rank
Fireman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
F1c-0000-Fireman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fireman First Class
Primary Unit
1942-1944, F1c-0000, USS Reid (DD-369)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Fireman 1st Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Francisco, CA
Last Address
24 Stoneybrook Ave
San Francisco, CA

Casualty Date
Dec 11, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1942-1942, AS-0000, USS Whitney (AD-4)
  1942-1944, F1c-0000, USS Reid (DD-369)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Japanese Occupation of Attu and Kiska
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1943 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Arawe
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Cape Gloucester
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Wakde
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Ormoc Bay
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Mar 19, 1942, Summary Court Martial
  Apr 12, 1942, Promoted to S2c
  Jun 01, 1943, Promoted to S1c
  Aug 03, 1943, Summary Court Martial
  Aug 24, 1943, Demoted to S2c
  Feb 01, 1944, Promoted to F2c
  Aug 01, 1944, Promoted to F1c
  Sep 02, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

USS Reid (DD-369) was protecting a re-supply force of amphibious craft bound for Ormoc Bay off the west coast of Leyte. At about 1700 hours, twelve enemy planes approached the convoy. The Reid was the nearest ship to the oncoming planes. Planes 1 and 2 were shot down by the 5-inch battery, and Plane 3 exploded about 500 yards off the starboard beam. Plane 4 hooked a wing on the starboard rigging, crashing at the waterline. Its bomb exploded, causing considerable damage forward. Plane 5 strafed the starboard side and crashed on the port bow. Plane 6 strafed the bridge from the port side and crashed off the starboard bow. Planes 5 and 6 apparently had no bombs or their bombs were duds. Plane 7 came in from astern, strafed Reid and crashed into the port quarter. Its bomb exploded in the after magazine, blowing the ship apart. All this action took place in less than a minute. The ship was mortally wounded but still doing 20 knots. As the stern opened up, she rolled violently, then lay over on her starboard side and dove to the bottom at 600 fathoms. It was over in less than two minutes, and 103 crewmen went down with her.

F1c Anderson was among the men who were listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 3764609

Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Reid (DD-369)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Fireman First Class Arthur Anderson (NSN: 3764609), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving on board the Destroyer U.S.S. REID (DD-369), in remaining at his battle station beyond the point of escape, while the U.S.S. REID was afire and sinking as the result of an enemy air attack on 11 December 1944. Although his ship was mortally hit, listing sixty degrees, and in imminent danger of sinking, Fireman First Class Anderson remained at his machine gun, alone an dup to his waist in water, maintaining an effective fire against the enemy. By such heroic action, he forfeited his opportunity to escape and was carried down with the ship when she sank two minutes after being hit. The gallant courage and utter disregard for personal safety displayed by Fireman First Class Anderson is in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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