ARTHUR "TEX" ANDERS

 

Fayette County Record
Sept 1, 2000
Abstract of Obituary

 
Arthur "Tex"Anders, brother of Edgar "Smiles"Anders of La Grange died Sun Aug 27. Memorial service will be held on the anniversary of the sinking of the USS Panay by the Japanese Dec 12, 1937 of which Arthur Anders was the exective officer of the ship. Interment will be in the family plot in Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Arthur was born Oct 2, 1903 in Weimar, the son of Frank and Annie Anders. He entered the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md in 1923. He served on various large combatants in the waters around Central America and later on the South China Station.

He married Muriel Adams whose father was the US yard civilian superintendent. Their son, William (USNA 1944 and Apollo 8 Astronaut) was born in Hong Kong in 1933. Lt. Anders earned international fame as a key player in a major incident and precursor to World War II, the sinking of the US Panay. For his valor during the battle against the Japanese, Arthur was awarded the Navy Cross, the highest honor allowable in peace time and the Purple Heart. Complications from Anders'wounds led to his early retirement from the Navy just prior to World War II.

While convalescing in San Diego, he was recalled to duty when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He spent the bulk of the war as the Personnel Officer of the US Navy Training Center in San Diego while he and his family resided in the nearby LaMesa area. At the end of the war, he returned home to Weimar and LaGrange.

After a two year business venture with his brother, the family returned to Southern California where he joined the California Dept of Motor Vehicles, first as a license examiner and later as an investigator. He retired from state employment in the 1970's and devoted full time to his Mt Helix avocado grove and as goreman of the San Diego Grand Jury in 1972. he moved to Rancho Bernardo in 1992.

Tex Anders is survived by his brother, Smiles Anders of La Grange;son M/G William Anders USAR (RET) ofDur Harbor, Wa; 6 grandchildren, Alan of LaMesa, Ca, Glen of Boise, Id, Gayle Nuffer of Pt Loma, Ca, Gregory (Maj USAFR) of Boise, Id, Eric of Pasadena, Ca, Diana of London, 6 great-grandchildren and a very special friend, Marian Hamburg of Rancho Bernardo, Ca.

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Contributed by Dan and Bea Rost