Capt Richard Scruggs Anderson Jr.

richardanderson-jr (USN Ret.) passed away, on September 1st, 2016 of heart failure, at INOVA Lansdowne Hospital in Leesburg, VA. He was born on, May 27th ,1935, in St. Louis, Missouri. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Ludwig Anderson, and four remaining children, Pamela Anderson Schippers (Myron), Deborah Anderson Dickerson (Tod), Richard Scruggs Anderson, III, and Heather Anderson Cleary (Gregg) and his five grandchildren, Myron Schippers Jr., Patrick Schippers, Kennedy Dickerson, Griffen Dickerson, and Meghan Cleary. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Heath Lisle Anderson.

He graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD as a member of the class of 1958. Prior to the Naval Academy he attended the University of Missouri, School of Mines and Metallurgy. He earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Oceanography, from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, RI and finally attended George Mason University School of Law, and was awarded a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1989.

Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, he served as a Deck Division Officer aboard the USS Helena (CA75). He then entered the Naval Submarine Service, graduating from Basic Submarine Officers School in 1960. He qualified as a Submarine Officer aboard the USS Crevalle (SS291). He then served as the Chief Engineer on the USS Tigrone (SS419), Operations Officer and Navigator aboard the USS Blenny (SS324), Executive Officer of the USS Corporal (SS346) and the Weapons Officer aboard the commissioning crew of the USS George C. Marshall (SSBN654), a fleet ballistic missile submarine. He returned to the USS Corporal in 1972, as the Commanding Officer for operations in the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. Following his command at sea he reported for duty as the Chief Staff Officer at Submarine Squadron Ten, a nuclear powered attack submarine squadron in New London, CT.

As part of his Naval career he participated in the US Navy Deep Submergence Program involved in the exploration of the deep ocean. He prepared the initial draft of the Naval Warfare Publication (NWP) on Deep Ocean Search, Inspection and Recovery. He was the 37th person to qualify as a Deep Submergence Vehicle Operator and the 1st Operations Officer for Submarine Development Group One in San Diego, CA. He participated in the initial sea trials of the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicles (DSRV) and piloted the DSRV’s Turtle and Sea Cliff, during deep ocean exploration and recovery operations.

After almost 20 years of sea duty, Captain Anderson, reported to the Pentagon, in the Long Range Planning Staff for the Chief of Naval Operations. Then assigned as a Special Assistant for Joint Matters on the staff of the Director of the Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff. During his active duty he was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal in addition to various unit and campaign medals.

Following his retirement from active duty, he served as a civilian employee of the Department of the Navy, and was awarded the Navy Civilian Meritorious Service Medal, and his organization was awarded two Navy Meritorious Unit Commendations. At the time he finally retired in 2003 he had served the Navy, in active duty and civilian service, for over 40 years. In addition, he volunteered to serve as a judge for the International Submarine Races, biannual races, at the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, in Potomac, Maryland, for over 20 years.

He moved after retirement to Purcellville, VA, where he and his son, Richard the III, joined the American Legion Post 293, and settled into a happy retirement. Throughout his life he had a fondness for basset hounds and bloodhounds, and with his wife bred and rescued hounds for over 50 years. Most recently, in a change of pace, they acquired a pair of Labradoodles, brother and sister, Daisy and Buster, whose antics and companionship, made the bucolic life in Purcellville, a daily enjoyment. He welcomed all into his home, and spent many enjoyable days regaling eager friends and family with his “sea” stories and continuing his long tradition of mentoring Naval Officers. He was well loved, served his country and family with honor and quiet dignity, always a gentleman, he will be missed.

Service for Capt. Richard S. Anderson, Jr. (US Navy Ret.) was held on September 13th at Hall Funeral Home, 140 Nursery, Purcellville, VA 20132. A reception followed at Loudoun Golf and Country Club, Purcellville, VA 20132. Donations in his name should be made to the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.


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