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The search for Anderson crew members after 55 or more years, must be regarded as part challenge, part fun, part mystery and the absolute excitement of actually finding a shipmate -- nearly as exciting as being found yourself by other searchers! All shipmates are heartily encouraged to join in this search as there is plenty to do and help is always welcome.

If you were a crew member of the USS General A. E. Anderson and have not been aware of the Andy Association, please let us hear from you! Ditto for family and friends of crew members. Not only do we want to reunite you with shipmates, but it would save searchers hours of effort in trying to find you.

Shipmate searching involves several steps and some of these have already been taken by the Andy Association.

STEP 1: Microfilms of the ship’s quarterly crew rosters have been acquired by the Assoc.. They are currently located with Harry "Swede" Lagerstedt in Corvallis, OR. (Who also happens to own a microfilm reader)

STEP 2: The quarterly rosters on the microfilms have been printed out and Xerox copies made. This involves over 700 pages for the full set of 1943-58 quarterly rosters.

Each roster provides the full name, rating, service number, and date of enlistment of each crew member. In a few cases, the date of reporting onboard is also included.

STEP 3: Involves getting the roster information to a Veterans Administration Regional office for checking against their files.

They respond with 3 pieces of information: 1). Notification of deceased shipmates. 2). Listing of shipmates that have no record with the VA. 3). Lists of shipmates that have a record with the VA.

With this group, the VA has an address and will forward a letter to his last known address.

STEP 4: Similar to the above, but it involves contacting the regional VA office directly by phone. You can contact your state VA office by dialing (800) 827-1000. This number will automatically connect you with that office. Explain to the person responding that you are searching for WWII shipmates and provide name and service number. They will usually help you out with 3 or 4 names per call.

STEP 5: The Andy Assoc. has acquired a "key", between Navy service numbers and the state from which the shipmate enlisted. By matching a state to the service number, it is then possible to do a computer check of the telephone white pages.

If the shipmate has an uncommon name (like Lagerstedt) you have a pretty good chance of locating him or a relative as there would be few of them in a state. If his name is John Anderson or Robert Williams, there could be 100 or more in a state and that is too many to try and sort through.

Where there are only 5 or 6 matching names in a state, it is worth making phone calls to them and see if you can get lucky. One can now buy a phone card with 575 minutes of calling for $20.00. Some cell phones have unlimited weekend calling within the U. S.

There are thousands of TAP crew that have not been found. Their names and service numbers are available in printed rosters. What is needed is 2 or 3 TAP crew members willing to make the effort to seek them out.