Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Richard: The U.S.S. General A.E. Anderson

My dad, Richard Lohman (1924-2004), served in the U.S. Navy for exactly three years during World War II.

After doing his basic training at the U.S. Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, IL, he spent the rest of his time in the service as a Gunner's Mate 1st Class on board the U.S.S. General A.E. Anderson - the "Mighty A."

The "gun gang in the Armory." Dad's in the back row, far left.
The Anderson was a troop transport that thankfully never saw combat. Their most notable passengers were the survivors of the Bataan Death March. Much more on that in here.

The Voyages of the Mighty "A"
The Log of the Mighty "A"

Being the story, in words and pictures, of the wanderings of the 

Thanks to this "A" mazing,  monogrammed book, we know quite a bit about what the ship was up to. During the course of the war, the Anderson made thirteen voyages. 

Voyage No. 1

November 25-December 15, 1943
7,355 miles
Newport News, VA[ Casablanca, Morroco[ Newport News

Voyage No. 2

December 24, 1943-January 12, 1944
7,355 miles
Newport News [ Casablanca, Morroco [ Newport News

Voyage No. 3

January 22-February 13, 1944
8,240 miles
Newport News [ Oran, Algeria [ Casablanca, Morroco [ Newport News
The USS General A.E. Anderson docked at Oran, Algeria

Voyage No. 4

February 28-March 21, 1944
8,320 miles
Newport News [ Oran, Algeria [ Newport News

Voyage No. 5

March 26-May 7, 1944
10,640 miles
Newport News [ Oran, Algeria [ Gourock, Scotland [ Bermuda [ New York, NY  
Ship and Crew - Oran, Algeria

Voyage No. 6

May 12, 1944-June 25, 1944
7,320 miles
New York [ Avonmouth, England [ Gourock, Scotland [ New York, NY [ Newport News, VA
Part of a convoy to England
Dad in New York, June 1944

Voyage No. 7

June 29-September 11, 1944
29,848 miles
New York, NY [ Panama Canal [ Melbourne, Australia [ Bombay (now Mumbai), India [ San Pedro, CA
Dad in Bombay

Voyage No. 8

September 26-December 11, 1944
26,542 miles
San Pedro, CA [ Melbourne, Australia [ Bombay (now Mumbai), India [ Brisbane, Australia [ Noumea, New Caledonia [ Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) [ San Diego, CA
Dad in Bombay

Voyage No. 9

December 22, 1944-March 9, 1945
16,556 miles
San Diego, CA [ San Francisco, CA [ Finshafen, New Guinea [ Hollandia, New Guinea [ Leyte, Philippines [Bataan Death March Survivors[ Hollandia, New Guinea [ San Francisco, CA

Voyage No. 10

April 7-July 22, 1945
29,261 miles
San Francisco, CA [ Finschhafen, New Guinea [ Hollandia, New Guinea (now Jayapura, Indonesia) [ Leyte, Philippines [ Manila, Philippines [ Townsville, Australia [  Morotai, New Guinea [ Eniwetok, Marshall Islands [ Panama Canal [ Newport News, VA

Voyage No. 11

August 8-August 28, 1945
8,056 miles
Newport News, VA [ Marseilles, France [ New York, NY
Dad in Marseilles

Voyage No. 12

September 4-September 21, 1945
6,501 miles
New York, NY [ Le Havre, France [ New York, NY
Dad in New York with Eddie Johnston, September 21, 1945

Voyage No. 13

September 29-November 9, 1945
16,200 miles 
New York, NY [ Port Said, Egypt [ Suez Canal [ Karachi, India (now Pakistan) [ Suez Canal [ New York, NY [ Hoboken, NJ
Dad in Port Said

For a grand total of 182,194 miles!

Dad's Christmas Card to his parents. 
Honorably Discharged

After the close of the war, and three years to the day of his joining the Navy, he was honorably discharged. In his Notice of Separation, he indicates that in civilian life he wants to go into Refrigerator Maintenance. That was a life path he did not follow. He first went into the printing business, becoming a foreman book binder, before deciding to enter the ministry. Also of note here, he was to receive $100 in mustering out pay. Congress had passed the Mustering Out Payment Act in 1944 to provide money for those in the service returning to civilian life.

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