From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Anderson '31

Date of birth: October 17, 1908

Date of death: January 28, 1942

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

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.

Charles was first reported as missing, but within a couple of days was confirmed lost.

He was a member of the Naval Reserve (from Shipmate and 1941 Navy Directory).

He is buried in Georgia. He was survived by his wife, Lucille and son Charles Edison Anderson, Jr.. Another son, William, died at birth.

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.

Class of 1931

Charles is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.