Herbert Henry Anderson – Rear Admiral, United States Navy

Anderson, Herbert Henry

Herbert Henry Anderson, 73, a retired Navy Rear Admiral who had been active in community affairs in Northern Virginia before moving to Williamsburg in 1988, died at home there September 20, 1991. He had cancer.

Admiral Anderson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1941, and served in Pacific, Atlantic, and Mediterranean during WWII. He was stationed aboard the carrier Lexington during the Battle of the Coral Sea and commanded destroyers in the invasions of North Africa and Sicily.

His postwar assignments included a tour as an aide to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Forrest P. Sherman, and tours commanding a destroyer squadron and the guided missile cruiser Halsey, both in the Pacific fleet. Between 1967 and 1971, he served as an assistant chief of naval personnel, and commander of the US South Atlantic Force. Also he had commanded a cruiser flotilla in Vietnamese waters in the 1960s. His last post, before retiring from active duty in 1973, was as director of policy plans and national security affairs at the Pentagon.

His medals included the Distinguished Service Medal, 3 awards of the Legion of Merit, and 2 Navy Commendation medals. After retirement from the Navy, he lived in Arlington, where he became a trustee and finance committee chairman of the Arlington Hospital Association. He also had served on the advisory board of Northern Virginia Public Television (WNVC-TV, Channel 56). He had served as treasurer of Republican Senator John W. Warner’s 1978 Senate campaign.

Admiral Anderson was buried in Section 8 of Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Survivors include his wife, Marguerite Cornell Anderson of Williamsburg; and a brother, Kenneth A., of Elmira, New York.


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