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Anderson, Walter Stratton (1895-1975)

Walter Anderson served with the Asiatic Squadron prior to the First World War and there joined the cruise of the Great White Fleet. He became an expert on gunnery and also organized the first Naval ROTC unit, at St. Johns College, Annapolis. While serving as naval attache in England, he was part of the American delegation to the London Naval Conference. As war loomed, he supervised the expansion of the Office of Naval Intelligence and reported regularly to Franklin Roosevelt.

Anderson commanded Battleships, Battle Force, when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He later commanded the board that was responsible for acceptance trials of all new Navy ships and aircraft, then took command of the Gulf Sea Frontier.

Anderson lived to the ripe old age of 100, at which time he was the oldest living Naval Academy graduate.

Service record

1881-10-4     

Born in Carlinville, Illinois
1903
Midshipman     
Graduates with distinction from Naval Academy. Assigned to Brooklyn
1905-2-3
Ensigh

1905-6

Galveston
1905-12

Postgraduate instruction in ordnance, Washington Navy Yard
1907-5

Flag secretary, Asiatic Station
1908-11

Nebraska
1909-11

Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island
1911-12
Lieutenant
Commander, dispatch boat Yankton
1912-4

Flag lieutenant, Atlantic Fleet
1912-12

Utah
1913-6

Des Moines
1914-12

Ordnance Superintendent, New York Navy Yard
1916-5

BB Arizona
1918

Executive officer, BB Arizona
1919-11

Officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Burea, New York
1920-11

Naval War College
1922

Commander, Sinclair
1924-7

Head, Department of Ordnance and Gunnery, Naval Academy
1927-8

Staff, U.S. Fleet
1929-5-31
Captain
Supervisor, New York Harbor
1930-5-23

Officer in Charge, Naval Ammunitino Depot, Hingham, Massachusetts
1932-1

Commander, BB West Virginia
1934-3

Naval attache, England
1936-7
Rear admiral

1937-2

Commander, Cruiser Division 4
1939-6

Director, Office of Naval Intelligence
1941-1

Commander, Battleships, Battle Force
1942-9-28     

President, Board of Inspection and Survey
1944-7-17

Commander, Gulf Sea Frontier and 7 Naval District
1945-4-3
Vice admiral

1946-3-1

Retires
1981-10-24

Dies

References

Naval Historical Center (accessed 2008-5-14)



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