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naval officer , business executive.

Walter Stratton Anderson, naval officer, business executive. Awarded Legion of Merit, Navy Expeditionary medal (Beirut), Mexican Campaign, 2d Nicaraguan Campaign Victory, Asiatic-Pacific, American Zone, Defense and World World War II medals, also Navy and Marine Corps medal (United States), Order of Naval Merit 1st Class (Cuba); King George V Jubilee medal (England); King Haakon VII Liberation Cross (Norway).


Anderson, Walter Stratton was born on October 4, 1881 in Carlinville, Illinois, United States. Son of William Erasmus Preston and Nellie Douglas (Hamilton) Anderson.


Student at Blackburn College, 1898-1899. Also honorary Doctor of Laws. Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1903.

Post graduate student Naval Ordnance, 1906-1907. Graduated from the United States Naval War College, 1921. Doctor of Laws, Blackburn.


1 son, Walter Stratton. Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1905. And advanced through the grade to vice admiral, 1945, commanded United States Ship Yankton, 1911-1912.

Gunnery and Executive officer Battleship Arizona during World War I. Commanded Destroyer Division 34, 1922-1924. Assistant chief of staff, United States fleet, 1927-1929.

Commanded United States Ship West Virginia, 1932-1933. Naval attache, London, 1934-1936. Member United States delegate London Naval Conference, 1935-1936.

Commander Cruiser Division 4, 1937-1939. Director Naval Intelligence, Navy Department, 1939-1941. Commander battleships, Pacific Fleet, 1941-1942.

President Naval Board of Inspection and Survey, Navy Department, Washington, District of Columbia, 1942-1944. Commander Gulf Sea Frontier and commandant 7th Naval District, 1944-1945. Retired March 1946. Now director International Automatic Electric Corporation and affiliated companies, Associate Telephone & Telegraph Company.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to the United States Naval Institute.


Member United States delegate London Naval Conference, 1935-1936. Clubs: Chevy Chase, Army and Navy, Army-Navy Country (Washington).


Married Virginia Miller Ewing, October 12, 1909.

William Erasmus Preston Anderson

Nellie Douglas (Hamilton) Anderson

Virginia Miller Ewing