Looking Back, March 4, 1977
Looking Back, March 4, 1977: J.B. Anderson retires after 25 years on mail run
J.B. (Andy) Anderson received disability retirement January 1, 1977, after over 25 years service with the postal service. He recalls over a half-million miles with only a few minor accidents.
Anderson was born and raised on a farm in Oklahoma. He entered the Navy at the beginning of World War II and served aboard an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean which took part in the invasion of North Africa. In 1944 he went aboard a new aircraft carrier, the USS Ticonderoga, of the 27 thousand ton class, which went through the Panama Canal and joined the “Attack Carrier Force” of the 3rd fleet, which was engaged in combat in the Philippine Area.
In January 1945 his ship suffered direct hits by two Japanese kamikazes of which 150 were buried at sea the following day. Anderson suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns about the face, hands, and legs, also a shattered left knee from an explosion below him that blew a hatch open that he was on. After a six-month hospital stay he was awarded a 59 percent medical disability discharge and a Purple Heart medal.
He returned to Oklahoma to farm a short time. In 1955 with his wife, Billie, and their three children, he moved to Quincy and started farming. The same year the first rural route was established at the Quincy post office. Anderson competed in examination for the appointment and scored the highest mark and was chosen to fill the vacancy left by T.W. Chamberlain.
Anderson is an elder in the Presbyterian Church in Quincy, where he also served as treasurer five years, Past Commander of V.F.W., served as Cub Scout Master, member of D.A.V. and is a member and Past Master of the Masonic Lodge in Quincy.
Sunday evening February 27, he was honored with a retirement dinner and a gift for his travel trailer by the employees of the Quincy Post Office in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Art Nickell.
His family is planning an open house in honor of his retirement, later this spring, at his home in Quincy. He is looking forward to seeing a lot of his friends, and neighbors there. “You’ll come, ya hear!”
And then some traveling (fishing and golfing) in a new Terry self-contained Travel Trailer.