Goodwin Jerome Anderson

Took Part in 5 Major Invasions in Pacific Zone
WHITEHALL, WI (Special) Goodwin Jerome Anderson, Quartermaster First Class, spent a 30-day leave with his wife and daughter, Rosemary, and his mother, Mrs. G. B. Anderson, and family here, after 16 months at sea aboard an LST boat, in which he took part in five major amphibious operations. They were the invasions of the Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, Hollandia Bay, New Guinea, Mariana Islands, and Palau Islands. In four of these operations, the ship carried assault forces and spearheaded the attack on the islands.

Anderson was commended by his commanding officer for his part in these operations, when he, "in every instance, displayed a cool willingness and efficient knowledge" of his duties.

Following the Gilbert Islands Operation, the congratulations from Admiral Nimitz received by the LST boats taking part said: "The Gilbert Islands were quickly wrested from the enemy because of excellent cooperation among all services in careful planning and courageous execution."

Following the capture of Tarawa in the Gilberts, Anderson took part in the invasion of Kwajalein, after which he returned briefly to Pearl Harbor.

Next came the Hollandia Operation and the wait in Buna Bay, until orders to proceed to Saipan. In this operation, the boat on which Anderson was stationed was given credit for the destruction of a Jap plane which came over. That was on June 15.

They were off Saipan for weeks, before proceeding to recapture Guam. Resting briefly at Guadalcanal, they went on to Peleliu in the Palau Island Group, where Anderson's LST was cited for launching its cargo of Marines and tanks in four minutes and 57 seconds. That was on September 15. This was the sixth time Anderson's boat was first in time of launching.

Anderson's boat left the Palau Islands on September 28 and sailed for the States. His 30-day leave expires January 5, when he will report at Norfolk, VA for re-assignment.

Anderson said that his boat always landed about the third wave of Marines in the invasion of an island and, by that time the Japs, surprised at first, had had time to set up their mortars and put up a stubborn defense. Anderson said the boys on the boats were lucky compared to the invading Marines and added that the only invasion in which the ships had been bombed was in the Gilberts.

Anderson will have been in the service three years next February. After completing his boot training at Great Lakes, he was sent to Norfolk, VA for amphibious training. After his training, he served for some time as an instructor.