severe hardships, an ancient mariner said to his men: “Farsan
et haes olim memmenisse juvabit” which loosely translated
means -- Perhaps some day it will be pleasant to look back on these
things. Cruising around the world and sightseeing so many different
ports, on the ANDY we didn’t really suffer too many hardships.
Still, like the tall tales told at reunions, our cruises are memorable
experiences and great to reflect upon.
first mini-voyage of the Cruise Ship Anderson was traveling down
the launch skids at Kearney, NJ on may 2, 1943 following a champagne
blow to the bow delivered by Mrs. George C. Marshall.
ship was acquired by the Navy on August 25. She was partially commissioned
the same day so that she could be quickly delivered to the Maryland
Drydock Co. for fitting as a transport vessel and for acquiring
# 00. This is the mystery, pre-shakedown cruise that hardly anyone
knows about. Well, two old black gang, Chief Water Tender buddies
know: John Spaay and Bert Bishop. John has passed away, but Bert
is a member of the ANDY Association.
relates that there was temporary “skeleton” transport
crew, a few Armed Guard gunners, and 80 rounds of ammunition on
board as she made the coastwise trip from Kearney to Baltimore.
With the exception of John and Bert, the skeleton crew left like
rats -- little did they know the great experiences they would be
# 0 was the shakedown. All Aboard! On Oct 5, 1943, the
new crew of plank sailors descended on the ANDY, arriving from their
wait at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. This is the date the USS General
A. E. Anderson AP111 is placed in full commission. One month and
19 days later this virgin crew had whipped the ship into a reasonable,
if not spectacular, fighting unit.
25 November 1943 - 15 December 1943. 7,355 miles.
Newport News, VA – Casablanca – Newport News
memorable was the big storm during the return trip. Hurricane winds
of 100 mph+ spun the anemometer off like a helicopter. Only the
barometer was lower than the spirits of the crew.
24 December 1943 – 12 January 1944. 7,355 miles.
Newport News – Casablanca – Newport News
in another load of soldiers and sailed on Christmas Eve! What a
bummer! Soldiers did not complain as it was the best Christmas dinner
they had ever had in the “army”. (Those that weren’t
seasick that is.)
22 January 1944 – 13 February 1944. 8,240 miles.
Newport News – Oran, Algeria – Newport News
through Gibraltar in the dark escorted by two British destroyers.
The Army needed a lot of troops for the invasion of Italy.
28 February 1944 – 21 March 1944. 8,240 miles.
Newport News – Oran, Algeria – Newport News
on a merry-go-round.
March 26 1944 – 7 May 1944. 10,640 miles.
Newport News – Oran & Mers-el-Kabir – Gourock, Greenock
and Glascow, Scotland – Hamilton, Bermuda – New York
the fighting veteran British Eighth Army troopers for transport
to England. Also several labor battalions of Italian prisoners-of-war.
Took a side trip to Bermuda to pick up 1,000 British censors and
May 12 1944 – 25 June 1944. 7,320 miles.
NYC – Belfast, Ireland – Bristol & Avonmouth, England
– Gourock, Scotland – NYC – Norfolk, VA
a huge convoy. Ships stretched fore and aft as far as the eye could
see. The “Mighty A” was leader of column nine. Plenty
of alarms, rain, fog and GQ’s. Binocular liberty in Belfast.
Some of us got to carry the garbage ashore in Bristol. Troops were
needed for the invasion of Europe and news of D-Day came during
our return trip to NYC.
29 June 1944 – 11 September 1944. 29,848 miles.
Norfolk –Colon, Cristobal & Panama City, Canal Zone –
Wellington, New Zealand – Melbourne, Australia – Bombay
– San Pedro, CA
evaded a reported submarine, but a tanker 15 miles away was torpedoed.
Passed through the Panama Canal. July 8 we crossed the equator and
a lot of pollywogs became shellbacks. Navigated Cook Straits going
between the big islands of New Zealand and entered the Tasman Sea.
22, arrived in Melbourne, Australia. Talk about a Liberty town!
This was every sailor’s dream! Destination port was Bombay
and it was not a dream port. Returned to the states with a mixed
bag of Hindu men and women, Chinese air cadets, missionaries, WACS,
Red Cross and Army personnel. Added Australian war brides in Melbourne
and completed a 79-day trip in San Pedro.
26 September 1944 – 9 December 1944. 26,543 miles.
San Pedro – Melbourne – Bombay – Melbourne –
Brisbane – Noumea, New Caldonia – Espiritu Santo, New
Hebrdies – San Diego – San Pedro
Dr. Tucker took a harrowing ride in a Bos’n Chair on a line
stretched over choppy seas to render emergency medical aid to a
stricken gunner aboard the USS Fairbanks. They both returned to
the ANDY and a life-saving operation was preformed. Bombay again
and great liberties in Melbourne, coming and going. Did a bit of
island hopping and returned to the states with another mixed bag
Cruise # 9
22 December 1944 - 9 March 1945. 16,556 miles.
San Diego – San Francisco – Hollandia & Finshaven
– Leyte – San Francisco.
here for the story about the return
of the first liberated POW’s from the Bataan Death March.
7 April 1945 – 22 July 1945. 29,261 miles.
San Francisco – Finshaven – Hollandia – Leyte
– Manila – Townswille, Australia – Biak –
Morotai – Manila Eniwetok Atoll – Marshall Islands Panama
Canal – Newport News
Frisco on the 7th, 8th 10th and the 11th. Two false starts due to
cracks in the steam lines and the third was because someone was
supposed to have gone overboard. Reached Manila by way of New Guinea.
There were 129 wrecked Japanese ships in the harbor! May 7, Germany
surrendered unconditionally. Led a convoy to Leyte then steamed
to Townsville, Australia via the Great Barrier Reef and loaded 5,000
Aussie soldiers. Small town, but a fantastic liberty port!
the Aussies and all their gear off on a small island called Morotai.
Did not envy those tall, lean soldiers as their mission was to eliminate
the Japs from Borneo. Returned to Manila and Leyte and received
the news that we were heading back to the East Coast. Loaded a lot
of patients and veterans ready for discharge from the service. Fueled
from a tanker at Eniwetok Atoll where we buried one of our passengers
and headed for Panama Canal and 46 bags of mail, the first in two
months. Ended this cruise where it had started a year earlier, in
Newport News, Virginia.
8 August - 28 August 1945. 8,056 miles.
Newport News – Marseilles, France – Avonmouth, England
– N. Y. C
empty to Marseilles to pick up returning troops. Now that we are
in the Atlantic Theater, the war in the Pacific ended. Quick turn
around to a Victory Ball in New York.
4 September - 21 September 1945. 6,501 miles.
Another short, quick trip to LeHavre, France to bring home more
of the victorious Army GI’s.
29 September - 9 November 1945. 16,200 miles.
N Y C – Gibralter – Port Said, Egypt – Suez Canal
– Red Sea – Indian Ocean – Karachi, India and
back via same route.
to see some new countries and ports. Travel through Suez and the
Red Sea was very picturesque and we saw all types of vessels from
sailing dowhs to merchantmen to fighting ships. Liberty in Port
Said and Karachi were not outstanding, but memorable and interesting.
23 November - 11 December 1945. 6,500 miles.
N Y C - LeHavre – Boston, MA
quick milk run to bring back the GI’s who had accumulated
sufficient points under the rotation plan.
17 December 1945 - 5 January 1946. 6,500 miles.
Boston – LeHavre – N Y C
Christmas Eve in LeHavre. It is still blacked out. The French are
not too happy with Americans. Seems that when it was overcast in
Germany, the bombers had no target so rather than land with a full
load in England, they dropped those bombs on LeHavre. “Celebrated”
New Years Eve at sea -- Whoopie!
30 January - 19 February 1946. 7,149 miles.
N Y C – Southampton, England – N Y C
25 February - 16 March 1946. 6,505 miles.
N Y C – LeHavre – N Y C
of the original crew of the ANDY joined the Navy in the middle of
1943. At this point in time they had accumulated enough points to
qualify for discharge and to leave the ship in younger hands.
26 March - 16 April 1946. 6,800 miles.
N Y C – LeHavre – Boston
transited the Atlantic 28 times, the Pacific 8 times, the Indian
Ocean 6 times, the Suez and Panama Canals twice, the ANDY was drydocked
in Boston for repairs and alterations by Bethlehem Steel Co.
3 July - 24 July 1946 . 6,797 miles.
Boston – Panama Canal – San Francisco
3 August - 18 September 1946.
San Francisco – Pearl Harbor – Okinawa – Yokosuka,
Japan – Shanghai & Tsingtao & Taku, China –
San Deigo – San Francisco
1 October - 4 December 1946. 17,447 miles.
San Francisco – San Diego – Pearl Harbor – Yokosuka,
Japan – Shanghai & Tsingtao & Taku, China –
Okinawa – Subic Bay to Manila to Samar, PI – Guam –
Pearl Harbor – San Francisco
17 December 1946 - 22 January 1947. 13,050 miles.
San Francisco – Guam – Samar – Manila –
4 February - 11 March 1947. 10,818 miles.
San Francisco – Pearl Harbor – Guam – Pearl Harbor
– San Francisco
20 March - 29 April 1947. 10,818 miles.
Same as Cruise #23
20 May - 3 June 1947. 4,182 miles.
San Francisco – Pearl Harbor – San Francisco
13 June - 6 August 1947. 15,149 miles.
San Francisco – Guam – Samar – Manila –
Okinawa – Shanghai – Tsingtao – Yokosuka –
Pearl Harbor – San Francisco
3 September - 17 September 1947. 4,182 miles.
San Francisco – Pearl Harbor – San Francisco
1 October - 10 November 1947. 10,818 miles.
Same as cruises #23 and 24
2 December - 17 December 1947. 4,182 miles.
Same as cruises # 25 and 27
30 December 1947 - 27 March 1948. 696 miles.
San Francisco– San Pedro – San Francisco
and New Years liberties in port and, in the United States! The ANDY
is undergoing another conversion.
2 April - 1 June 1948. 15,763 miles.
San Francisco – Guam – Yokosuka – Shanghai –
Subic Bay – Manila – Guam – San Francisco
5 June - 17 June 1948. 900 miles.
San Francisco – San Diego – San Francisco
24 June - 7 July 1948. 4,128 miles.
Same as cruises # 25, 27 and 29
16 July - 18 August 1948. 10,818 miles.
Same as cruises # 23, 24, and 28
5 Nov. - about 27 Dec. 1948 San Francisco - Pearl Harbor - Subic
Bay - Manila - Shanghai- Tsingtao - return to San Francisco
The Log of: Al Grobmeier, ENSIGN
"I was on the Andy from 12 Jan 49 through 28 Aug 50 as
an Ensign, MMR, USNR. The following voyage information is from my
13 JAN 49 departed San Francisco for Pearl Harbor
with troops and cabin passengers, crew of 30 officers and 370 enlisted
including 100 stewards.
18 JAN arrived Pearl Harbor after 4 days and 22
hours at sea at 18.6 kts, 93 rpm.
22 JAN departed Pearl Harbor for Guam.
31 JAN arrived Guam
1 FEB departed Guam for Sangley Point, PI via San Bernardino Strait
5 FEB arrived Sangley Point, debarked 12 cabin passengers while
After 40 min stop, underway for Subic Bay
5 FEB arrived Subic Bay
7 FEB underway from Subic Bay for Manila. Arvd 11:45
departed 16:15 for Shanghai with 40 cabin passengers and 96 Navy
8 FEB diverted from Shanghai to Tsingtao, China
11 FEB arrived Tsingtao. (Later awarded China Service Medal for
14 FEB departed Tsingtao for Yokosuka, Japan at 15 kts., 75 rpm
17 FEB arrived Yokosuka and offloaded 71 Navy and 900 USMC passengers
19 FEB departed Yokosuka for Guam
23 FEB arrived Guam and offloaded 38 Philippine Navy, 35 USN and
l civilian passengers
24 FEB departed Guam for Pearl Harbor with 235 troop passengers
and 159 cabin passengers
3 MAR arrived Pearl Harbor and offloaded 7 cabin
passengers, 21 Navy, l USMC and l civilian passengers
5 MAR departed Pearl Harbor for San Francisco after
embarking 197 cabin passengers for total of 619 troop passengers
and approx. 500 cabin passengers.
10 MAR arrived San Francisco and debarked 496 cabin passengers and
619 troop passengers. Shifted to NSC Oakland
5 APR shifted to Fort Mason, San Francisco and embarked 110 troop
6 APR at Fort Mason, embarked 380 cabin passengers. Departed for
11 APR arrived Pearl Harbor and offloaded 32 cabin passengers and
29 troop passengers
13 APR departed Pearl Harbor for Guam aftert embarking 31 Navy passengers
22 APR arrived Guam
27 APR departed Guam for San Diego at 18.6 kts., 93 rpm
10 MAY arrived San Diego and offloaded 230 cabin passengers
11 MAY departed San Diego for San Francisco. Shifted
to NSC Oakland after
25 MAY departed Oakland for Pearl Harbor
31 MAY arrived Pearl Harbor
3 JUN departed Pearl Harbor for San Francisco
8 JUN arrived San Francisco and offloaded 217 cabin passengers and
193 troop passengers. Shifted to NSC Oakland.
17 JUN departed Oakland for Pearl Harbor. 18.6 kts. 93 rpm
22 JUN arrived Pearl Harbor
25 JUN departed Pearl Harbor for San Francisco with
17 civilian troop passengers and 311 cabin passengers
30 JUN arrived San Francisco, shifted to NSC Oakland after unloading
JUL 49 CAPT Wirtz relieved CAPT Newman as commanding officer.
14 JUL shifted berths from NSC Oakland to Pier 7 North, San Francisco
15 JUL departed San Francisco for Guam with 367 cabin passengers
28 JUL arrived Guam
1 AUG departed Guam for Pearl Harbor
8 AUG arrived Pearl Harbor
10 AUG departed Pearl Harbor for San Francisco
15 AUG arrived San Francisco. Shifted from Pier 7 to NSC Oakland
18 AUG shifted to Pier 7 San Francisco to load 149 cabin and 39
passengers. Departed for Pearl Harbor
23 AUG arrived Pearl Harbor and offloaded all passengers
26 AUG departed Pearl Harbor for San Francisco with cabin passengers
31 AUG arrived San Francisco. Shifted from Pier 7 North to NSC Oakland
after offloading passengers.
2 SEP shifted to Explosive Anchorage # 14 San Francisco Bay to offload
ammunition. Entered San Francisco Naval Shipyard, Hunters Point,
San Francisco for overhaul.
27 SEP shifted to Drydock 4, SFNS
1 OCT USS GENERAL A.E. ANDERSON transferred from the Naval Transportation
Service to the newly established Military Sea Transportation Service
(MSTS) along with 8 other APs, 12 AKs and 73 AOs for a total of
94 Navy ships going to MSTS. MSTS Pacific Area headquarters was
at 33 Berry St., and the San Francisco waterfront.
14 OCT departed Drydock 4 for Berth 8 SFNS
4 NOV underway for post repair trials at sea. Returned to Berth
8 NOV underway for explosive anchorage to load ammunition which
600 rounds 5in./38 AAC projectiles
100 rounds 5in/38 illuminating projectiles
350 rounds 5in/38 non-flashless powder
350 rounds 5in/38 flashless powder
5 rounds 5in/38 dislodging charges
3360 rounds 40mm HEIT-SD
240 rounds 40mm APT
48 round 40mm BL&T
180 rounds 20mm BL&T
440 rounds 20mm HEI
720 round 20mm HET
2400 12 gfuage shotgun shells
3600 .45 cal. cartridges
60 .45 rounds blank cartridges for line-throwing gun
22,0000 rounds .22cal. cartridges, ball, long rifle
3600 rounds .30 cal cart.
200 rounds. .38 cal cart.
240 primer lock combination MK 15-1
19 replacement and visual samples for 5"/38, 40mm and 20mm
Shifted from explosive anchorag 14 to NSC Oakland
14 NOV departed for San Diego with cabin passengers
15 NOV arrived San Diego
19 NOV departed San Diego for Balboa, Canal Zone with 119 cabin
and 84 troop passengers
27 NOV arrived Pier 2, Naval Station Rodman, Canal Zone
30 NOV departed Rodman for canal transit and San Juan, Puerto Rico
3 DEC arrived San Juan, PR, Pier 2 U.S. Naval Station, San Juan.
6 DEC departed San Juan for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba after embarking
8 DEC arrived U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
9 DEC departed Guantanamo Bay for Norfolk, VA
12 DEC arrived U.S. Naval Base, NSC, Norfolk
20 DEC departed Norfolk for New York City
21 DEC arrived New York City, Pier 26 South, North River
3 JAN 50 departed New York City for Port of Spain, Trinidad
8 JAN arrived U.S. Naval Operating Base, Trinidad, BWI
10 JAN departed Trinidad for San Juan, PR after loading cabin passengers
12 JAN arrived Pier 2, U.S. Naval Station, San Juan, Puerto Rico
14 JAN departed San Juan for Norfolk, VA. Loaded 139 cabin and 37
17 JAN arrived Pier 4 North, U.S. Naval Base, NSC, Norfolk, VA.
Passed battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63) aground while entering Norfolk.
18 JAN shifted to Pier 5, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA
28 JAN shifted to Pier 4, U.S. Naval Base, NSC, Norfolk, VA
31 JAN departed Norfolk for Coco Solo, Canal Zone 5 FEB arrived
Pier 1, U.S. Naval Operating Base, Coco Solo, Canal Zone. Rear Admiral
A.J. Wellings, Vice Commander, MSTS aboard for visit.
8 FEB departed Coco Solo for San Juan, PR after loading cabin passengers
11 FEB arrived Tender Pier, U.S. Naval Station, San Juan, PR. Departed
San Juan for Norfolk, VA
13 FEB 1000-1600 conducted full-power run at 20.6 knots, 103 rpm
on both shafts
14 FEB arrived Pier 3, NSC, Norfolk, VA after near collision with
USS MINDORO (CVE 120) which was anchored in channel due to heavy
20 FEB departed Norfolk for New York City
21 FEB arrived Pier 26 North, North River, New York City
24 FEB departed New York City for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 18.6 knots,
27 FEB arrived Pier B, U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Loaded 130 cabin and 50 troop passengers and departed Guantanamo
Bay for Balboa, Canal Zone
1 MAR transited Panama Canal and arrived Pier l, U.S. Naval Station
Balboa, CZ, at Rodman, CZ
3 MAR departed Rodman, CZ for San Diego. 15 knots, 75 rpm 10 MAR
arrived North Navy Pier, San Diego
12 MAR departed San Diego for San Francisco
13 MAR arrived Pier 7 South, San Francisco and off loaded passengers.
Shifted to Pier 4, NSC, Oakland
19 MAR departed San Francisco for San Diego
20 MAR arrived North Navy Pier, San Diego. Underwent Training Readiness
21 MAR Commenced Underway Training. Shifted to Anchorage 211, Coronado
Roads 30 MAR shifted from Anchorage 211 to South Navy Pier, San
Diego 1 APR departed San Diego for Oakland
2 APR arrived Oakland 5 APR shifted to Mare Island Naval Shipyard,
Berth 22 N for shipyard availability
19 APR underway for post repair trials. Conducted full-power run
at 20.4 knots, 103 rpm. Returned to MINSY
24 APR underway for sea trials and full-power run. Arrived Pier
4, NSC Oakland on completion of trials.
26 APR shifted to Pier 7S, San Francisco. Loaded 357 cabin and 600
troop passengers. Departed for Pearl Harbor
28 APR en route SF to PH, sighted horn-type mine which was sunk
by rifle fire at 32-37N 137-31W 1 MAY arrived Berth K8, NSC Pearl
4 MAY departed Pearl Harbor for Guam 13 MAY arrived Berth X-ray,
NSC, Apra Harbor, Guam
16 MAY departed Guam for Subic Bay, PI via San Bernardino Strait
19 May and Sangley Point.
20 MAY arrived Anchorage 5, Sangley Pt., PI to off load passengers.
Departed for Subic Bay. Arrived Alava Dock, U.S. Naval Station,
Subic Bay, PI
23 MAY departed Subic Bay for Sangley Pt. Anchored off Sangley Pt.
in Anchorage 5.
25 MAY departed Sangley Point for Guam via San Bernardino Strait
on 26 May
29 MAY arrived Berth Zebra, NAVSTA Guam
1 JUN departed Guam for Pearl Harbor after embarking 411 cabin passengers
8 JUN arrived Berth K-8, NSC Pearl Harbor
10 JUN departed Pearl Harbor for San Francisco
15 JUN arrived Pier 7 North, San Francisco. Disembarked passengers;
shifted to Pier 4, NSC Oakland
20 JUN Captain W.E. Lankenau relieved Capt. P.C. Wirtz as commanding
22 JUN shifted to Pier 7 South, San Francisco
24 JUN departed San Francisco for Pearl Harbor
25 JUN North Korea invaded South Korea commencing Korean War
29 JUN arrived Berth K-8 NSC Pearl Harbor 1 JUL departed Pearl Harbor
for San Francisco
6 JUL arrived Pier 7 South, San Francisco to disembark passengers.
Shifted to Pier 4, NSC Oakland
7 JUL shifted toExplosive Anchorage 13, San Francisco Bay, to offload
and load ammunition.
8 JUL departed San Francisco Bay for San Diego
9 JUL arrived South Navy Pier, NSC San Diego
10 JUL departed San Diego for Long Beach. Arrived Pier 6 NAVSTA
Long Beach. Loaded Marines and equipment of Marine Air Group 33
14 JUL departed Long Beach for WESTPAC in accordance with CTG 53.7
Movement Order 1-50 in company with USS ACHERNAR (AKA 53) as TU
53.7.2 with CTU aboard this ship. Joined up with TG 53.7 consisting
of USS GEORGE CLYMER, USS ALSHAIN, USS BADOENG STRAIT, USS ACHERNAR,
USS WHITESIDE, USS BASS.
15 JUL steaming in formation in Station 8. CTG 53.7 in GEORGE CLYMER.
USS PICKAWAY joined formation. 2000 position 34-39N 125-02W
16 JUL 1200 position 35-42N 128-55W 17 JUL 1200 position 38-02N
18 JUL 1200 position 40-01 N 142-20W 19 JUL 1200 position 41-00N
20 JUL 1200 position 40-52N 157-33W 21 JUL 1200 position 40-53N
22 JUL 1200 position 40-18N 172-16W 23 JUL 1200 position 38-58N
179-56E. Ship darkened 24 JUL this date omitted due to crossing
International Date Line
25 JUL 1200 position 37-36N 173-21E. Ship darkened. Test fired all
guns: 20 mm 801 rounds, 40 mm 144 rounds, 5"/38 12 rounds.
USS FORT MARION and USS GUNSTON HALL joined formation. Ship darkened.
26 JUL en route Kobe, Japan. COMDESDIV 72 with DDs 836, 838 and
DDRs 832, 833 joined as screen. 1200 position 36-02N 167-57E. Ship
darkened. 27 JUL 1200 position 35-42N 162-17E. Ship darkened 28
JUL 1200 position 35-13N 156-27.5E. Ship darkened. GUNSTON HALL
and DDR 833 departed formation. 29 JUL 1200 position 34-46N 149-59E.
Departed from TG 53.7 in company with ACHERNAR and BADOENG STRAIT.
OTC and guide in this ship. Ship darkened.
30 JUL 1200 position 33-50N 142-39E. Ship darkened. 31 JUL 1200
position 33-20N 135-34E. Arrived Kobe, Japan, Pier 5, Berth U-V.
5 AUG departed Kobe, Japan for Yokosuka, Japan. Ship darkened. 19.6
knots, 95 rpm. 18.5 kts. 90 rpm 6 AUG arrived Piedmont Pier, U.S.
Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan
7 AUG shifted to Anchorage E2, Yokosuka, Japan
13 AUG departed Yokosuka for Oakland with no passengers and no cargo
14 AUG fired all guns: 17 rounds 5"/38, 370 rounds 40mm, 660
23 AUG arrived Berth H, NSC Oakland.
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