EM Arthur J. Anderson

 

Verona Residence: 31 Cumberland Avenue

Purple Heart

Purple Heart

Monday, November 8, 1943–  Word has been
received by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur O. Anderson of
31 Cumberland Avenue, Verona, their son,
Electrician’s Mate 2/c Arthur J. Anderson, was
killed in action September 11 in the battle of
Salerno.

Word from the Navy Department, which formerly
listed the boy as “missing,” arrived Friday on
what would have been Anderson 22d birthday.
He had seen action in since May 9 on board the
U. S. S. Savannah, which took part in the
invasion of Sicily.

Born in Kearny, Anderson grew up in Verona,
where he was graduated from the borough high
school. He had worked as an electrician at the
Irvington Municipal Building before enlisting in
the Navy in January, 1942. His father, an
electrician at the Essex County Hospital at Cedar
Grove, holds several medals, including the
Purple Heart, from World War I.

In the last letter received by his parents,
Anderson, writing September 5, said he was
seeing “a lot of action” and at the moment the
State of New Jersey seemed to be the most
wonderful place in the world. He is survived also
by a sister, Seaman 1/c Helen T. Anderson in the
WAVES, who was at home on leave when news
of his death arrived.

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Verona High School  Class of 1941 Yearbook

Verona High School
Class of 1941 Yearbook

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Photo #: NH 95562 USS Savannah (CL-42) is hit by a German radio-controlled bomb, while supporting Allied forces ashore  during the Salerno operation, 11 September 1943. The bomb hit the top of the ship's number three  6"/47 gun turret and penetrated deep into her hull before exploding. The photograph shows the  explosion venting through the top of the turret and also through Savannah's hull below the waterline. A  motor torpedo boat (PT) is passing by in the foreground. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral H. Kent Hewett, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph

Photo #: NH 95562
USS Savannah (CL-42) is hit by a German radio-controlled bomb, while supporting Allied forces ashore
during the Salerno operation, 11 September 1943. The bomb hit the top of the ship’s number three
6″/47 gun turret and penetrated deep into her hull before exploding. The photograph shows the
explosion venting through the top of the turret and also through Savannah’s hull below the waterline. A
motor torpedo boat (PT) is passing by in the foreground.
Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral H. Kent Hewett, USN.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph

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Verona High School  Class of 1941 Yearbook

Verona High School
Class of 1941 Yearbook

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Fellow Vet Frank

Fellow Vet Frank

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ID: 06470078
Entered the Service From: New Jersey
Rank: Electrician’s Mate, Second Class

Service: U.S. Navy, United States Naval Reserve

Died: Saturday, September 11, 1943
Memorialized at: Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Location: Nettuno, Italy

Awards: Purple Heart

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One thought on “EM Arthur J. Anderson

  1. Thank you for this tribute to my brother Arthur J. Anderson EM2/C. We graduated together from Verona High in June 1941. It was he who encouraged me to join the WAVES but I had be 20 so I enlisted March 8, 1943 on my 20th birthday and he was killed 6 months later. Verona was a great “family town” then. Again thanks for what you are doing and God bless you all Helen that old seaHAG from Verona.

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