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Anderson, Orton Keith

Rank and Name, Radioman Third Class Orton Keith Anderson.

Unit/Placed in, USS Morrison (DD-560) Destroyer, United States Navy.


Orton is born approx. on Aug. 6, 1925 in Tumwater, Thurston County, Washington.

Father, Carl H. Anderson.

Mother, Mildred L. Anderson.

Sister(s), Helen B. Anderson.


Orton enlisted the service in Washington with service number # 3866253.


Orton was KIA/MIA when the USS Morrison sunk during the Battle of Okinawa when was hit by various Japanese plane’s and Kamikaze on 4 May 1945, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Combat Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal.


Orton is buried/mentioned at is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.

Courts of the missing.

Orton also has a Memorial Grave at Odd Fellows Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Tumwater, Thurston County, Washington, USA.


Thanks to, https://destroyerhistory.org/fletcherclass/ussmorrison/




Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com ww2-europe.com

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

WW2 Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org

Medals Forum, https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

WordPress en/of Wooncommerce oplossingen, https://www.siteklusjes.nl/

Military Recovery,  https://www.dpaa.mil/


The first attack on Morrison, a main target as fighter-director ship, was a suicide run by a “Zeke”. The plane broke through heavy flak to drop a bomb which splashed off the starboard beam and exploded harmlessly. Next a “Val” and another “Zeke” followed with unsuccessful suicide runs. About 08:25 a “Zeke” approached through intense antiaircraft fire to crash into a stack and the bridge. The blow inflicted heavy casualties and knocked out most of the electrical equipment. The next three planes, all old twin-float biplanes, maneuvered, despite heavy attack, to crash into the damaged ship. With the fourth hit, Morrison, heavily damaged, began to list sharply to starboard.


Few communication circuits remained intact enough to transmit the order to abandon ship. Two explosions occurred almost simultaneously, the bow lifted into the air, and by 08:40 Morrison had plunged beneath the surface. The ship sank so quickly that most men below decks were lost, a total of 152.

1945 – During the Okinawa Campaign, the Japanese attempt to land on Okinawa but are repulsed by the Allied naval forces. Kamikazes attack and sink: USS Luce (DD 522), USS Morrison (DD 560), USS LSM 190, USS LSM 194. Damaged by the suicide bombers are USS Birmingham (CL 62) and USS Sangamon (CVE 26).

USS Morrison (DD-560) Destroyer
His rank Radioman Third Class
Location Wreck
USS Morrison painting
USS Morrison in the dock
Casualty lis Washington