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How It All Got Started - In the South

William "Red" Mayo, Bkr3/c, of Lawrenceville, GA, tells the story of the beginnings of the Andy Association: William Wines, S2/c, of Jamison, AL, Lee Reissener, S2/c, of Montecello, FL, and Gerald Reed of Flat Rock, AL, were getting together August 2, 1994.

Their mini-reunion got TV coverage, which alerted Sam Terry, SF3/c, of Northport, AL, and Gene Redmond of Covington, KY. These six met at Vines home in September and scheduled another get-together. They increased their number to seven with the addition of "Vernie" Chamness, S2/c, of Arab, AL. They met aboard the USS Alabama of December 7, 1994 in Mobile. A historic meeting on a most historic Day!

Such a good time was had by all that they decided to have a "first" reunion at Lake Guntersville State Park in Alabama, August 24-25, 1995. Vernie put a notice in the American Legion magazine and it generated 26 former shipmates for the first official reunion.

As Red Mayo says, "That's how it all got started!"

For inquires or to register, contact the Association and the necessary information will be sent to you.

All USS General A.E. Anderson crew, members of their family, and ship passengers are invited onboard as members of the Andy Association.

Dues are twenty bucks a year and are used only for the benefit of the Association. We have annual reunions, publish a newsletter on an irregular basis, provide a roster of crew members living and dead and search for "lost" shipmates.

The Association is dedicated to promoting fraternal, patriotic and historical memories of those who served on the Andy.

If you are, or know of, a former Andy shipmate, please email "Swede" Lagerstedt at This will save many hours of searching.