ELMER D. ANDERSON, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Elmer Anderson '35

Date of birth: November 15, 1911

Date of death: February 18, 1942

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Elmer was lost when USS Truxtun (DD 229) grounded in Newfoundland on February 18, 1942.

The book "Standing Into Danger" by Cassie Brown detail's Truxtun's loss, as well as the loss of USS Pollux (AKS 2) and USS Wilkes (DD 441). The website "Dead Reckoning: The Pollux-Truxtun Disaster" is also devoted to the topic.

His father was listed as next of kin.

Related Articles

James W. Danforth '38, Ralph Hickox '27, and Arthur L. Newman '34 were also lost when the Truxton was grounded.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

October 1935

Ensign, USS Astoria

Others at this command: LTjg Lynne Quiggle '30, 2LT Floyd Parks '34, and ENS Verne Skjonsby '34.

January 1936

Ensign, USS Astoria

Others at this command: LTjg Lynne Quiggle '30, 2LT Floyd Parks '34, and ENS Verne Skjonsby '34.

April 1936

Ensign, USS Astoria

Others at this command: ENS Verne Skjonsby '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Goodgame, Jr. '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 12S).

July 1936

Ensign, USS Astoria

Others at this command: ENS Verne Skjonsby '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Goodgame, Jr. '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 12S) and ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 12S).

January 1937

Ensign, USS Astoria

Others at this command: ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 and ENS Verne Skjonsby '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Goodgame, Jr. '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 12S).

April 1937

Ensign, USS Astoria

Others at this command: ENS Verne Skjonsby '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Goodgame, Jr. '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 11S).

September 1937

Ensign, USS Philadelphia

Others at this command: LT John French '22 and LT Louis Drexler, Jr. '23.

January 1938

Ensign, USS Philadelphia

Others at this command: LT John French '22 and LT Louis Drexler, Jr. '23.

July 1938

Ensign, USS Philadelphia

Others at this command: LT John French '22, LT Louis Drexler, Jr. '23, and ENS John Dalton '38.

January 1939

Ensign, USS Philadelphia

Others at this command: LT John French '22, LT Louis Drexler, Jr. '23, and ENS John Dalton '38.

October 1939

Ensign, USS Philadelphia

Others at this command: LCDR John French '22 and ENS John Dalton '38.

June 1940

Ensign, USS Williams

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Truxtun

Others at this command: ENS James Danforth '38.

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Truxtun

Others at this command: ENS James Danforth '38.


Class of 1935

Elmer is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.