CHARLES E. ANDERSON, LTJG, USNR
Charles Anderson '31
Date of birth: October 17, 1908
Date of death: January 28, 1942
From the 1931 Lucky Bag:
Charles was lost on January 28, 1942 when he drowned near Iceland while serving aboard USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37). His tombstone is etched with the phrase "lost his life saving his men;" another man aboard Tuscaloosa was lost on the same day "when his launch was swamped." Seems reasonable to assume this was the same event.
He was a member of the Naval Reserve (from Shipmate and 1941 Navy Directory).
Though Charles was a graduate of the Naval Academy (#94 of 441 graduating), his "Voluntary resignation accepted immediately upon graduation." (Per 1932 Naval Academy Register.) Prior to the war he served in the Naval Reserves and practiced law in Millen, GA, including serving as a Justice of the Peace from 1935 to 1939.
Memorial Hall Error
Charles is not listed with his classmates. This omission was discovered by reviewing the September 1946 issue of Shipmate.