DD-411 USS ANDERSON        

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The USS Anderson was a SIMS Class destroyer launched in 1939. During WWII she participated in several major naval battles, including Coral Sea, Midway, Solomon Islands and Leyte Gulf. Screening for the carriers Yorktown (CV-5) and Hornet (CV-8) she downed several enemy planes. While Anderson was on patrol off Leyte 1 November 1944, a Japanese kamikaze crashed on her port side aft killing 18 men and wounding 20. For her operations in the Pacific, Anderson received ten battle stars.

As a result of this damage late in the war, she along with USS Lamson and USS Saratoga, were selected as target ships for the Atomic Bomb tests. Anderson was sunk during the "Able" test by the blast and fireball, which detonated her own ammunition. The only target ship on which this occurred, she capsized and sank by the stern in seven minutes. She now lays on her port side in 176 fsw.

CLASS - SIMS Displacement 2313 Tons (Full); Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' x 12' 10" (Max); Armament 5 x 5"/38 AA, 4 x 0.5" MG 8 x 21" tt. (2x4); Machinery: 52,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws; Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots; Crew 192.