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William Lovett Anderson, USN (Anderson), Rear Admiral

Also Known As: "Bill", "Skipper"
Birthdate: (98)
Birthplace: Screven, GA, United States
Death: November 27, 2004 (98)
Immediate Family:

Son of Private and Caroline Mary Etta Lovett Anderson
Husband of Jeanie Gibson Anderson
Ex-husband of Frances Emily Snyder
Father of Mary Cooper and Private
Brother of Albert Sydney Anderson, Jr. and Charles Edison Anderson

Occupation: U.S. Naval Officer
Managed by: Mary Cooper
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About Rear Admiral William Anderson, USNavy

Rear Admiral William Lovett Anderson, USN

Adm. Anderson was born in Sylvania, Screven County, Georgia. The family moved to Millen, Georgia, the county seat of the newly formed Jenkins County, Georgia. His father, Albert Sydney "A,S." Anderson, a well-known lawyer and later judge in Georgia, was instrumental in forming Jenkins County.

Adm. Anderson attended Millen Boys High School and was the 12th player on the football team which meant that as a substitute he had to be able to play every position.

William Lovett Anderson was the second child of Albert Sydney Anderson, Sr. and Caroline Mary Etta Lovett Anderson of Millen, GA. He left high school in Millen prior to graduation in order to attend a military prep school to ready himself for attendance at the US Naval Academy. He graduated from the USNA in 1926 and went on to a distinguished career of 30 years as a Naval Officer. He received a Master's Degree in Engineering from the University of California. He was the first skipper of the USS Thresher, and his ship was damaged in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Upon retirement from the Navy in 1956, he took a position as Professor of Engineering (later Assistant Dean of Engineering) at the University of South Carolina. In 1968 he retired and moved to Lake Murray, Chapin, SC where he lived for 36 more years, enjoying his family, dogs and garden.

Admiral Anderson was first married to Frances Emily Lux, with whom he had two daughters. That marriage ended in divorce in 1949 while he was stationed in China. While there, he met Marion Jeanette (Jeanie) Gibson, to whom he was married in 1950. Following the death of their mother in an accident, his daughters lived with him and Jeanie in South Carolina, where he was first head of the Naval ROTC at the University of South Carolina and later Chief of Staff of the Sixth Naval District in Charleston.

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Rear Admiral William Anderson, USNavy's Timeline

April 10, 1906
Screven, GA, United States
June 1922
- June 1926
Age 16
Annapolis, Maryland, United States
September 1956
- June 1968
Age 50
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
November 27, 2004
Age 98
Millen, Georgia, United States