|Birth: ||Jan. 18, 1926|
|Death: ||May 3, 1945|
Jack B. Anderson
Fireman, First Class, U.S. Navy
Service # 9445232
United States Naval Reserve
Entered the Service from: Illinois
USS Aaron Ward (DD-773/DM-34)
Awards: Purple Heart
USS Aaron Ward (DD-773/DM-34)
USS Aaron Ward was designed as a Sumner-class destroyer (DD-773) and was launched on 5 May 1944 She was reclassified as a Smith-class "destroyer-minelayer" (DM-34) on 19 July 1944 and was commissioned on 28 October 1944.
The Aaron Ward was approximately 376 feet long, 40 feet wide, had a crew of 363 officers and men, and had a top speed of over 34 knots. She was armed with six 5-inch guns, eight 40mm antiaircraft guns, 12 20mm antiaircraft guns, and 80 mines. The Aaron Ward was assigned to the US Navy's Pacific Fleet. The Aaron was added to the giant naval task force that was being created for the invasion of Okinawa. By 25 March the Aaron Ward began the dangerous assignment of *picket duty off the coast of Okinawa. While on picket duty, the Aaron Ward successfully fought off numerous air attacks, but her luck ran out on 3 May 1945. That day the ship was attacked by a large number of Japanese suicide planes.
Although the gunners on board the Aaron Ward managed to shoot down two of them, a third one smashed into the ship's port side and the bomb the plane was carrying went through the ship and exploded in the forward fireroom. As a result of the explosions, the Aaron Ward eventually came to a stop. Damage control parties worked heroically to fight the fires and stop the flooding, but soon the ship was under attack by even more Japanese warplanes. The gunners on board the Aaron Ward shot down two attacking Kamikaze aircraft, but another two suicide planes managed to get through the antiaircraft fire and both smashed into the ship. The Aaron Ward was also hit by a bomb from one of the planes which exploded and blew a large hole in the port side of the ship. The attacks killed 42 men.
Remarkably, after sustaining all of this punishment, the Aaron Ward was still afloat. The Aaron Ward was taken in tow by the USS Shannon (DM-25) and brought to Kerama Retto for initial repairs. The ships arrived there on 4 May. After making sure that the ship was seaworthy, what was left of the Aaron Ward then went on a remarkable journey home. The Aaron Ward was decommissioned in late September 1945 and was sold for scrapping in July 1946.
Note: Entered the service from Illinois.
Body lost at sea
Specifically: Cenotaph at Honolulu Memorial Cemetery, Hawaii
Maintained by: Kathryn Ann Barney Gunde...
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56114086
RIP Uncle Jack...|
Added: May. 3, 2016
Thank You For Your Service.In your Memory, With Honor and Respect.|
Added: Feb. 25, 2014
Thanks for your service, Uncle Jack. I am sorry I never got to know you, but I am so grateful you are remembered here.Love from your sister Wanda's daughter,|
Kathryn Ann Barney Gunderson
Added: Sep. 29, 2012
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