Charles Carter Anderson, 85, a retired Navy rear admiral who was a decorated combat veteran of World War II, died Nov. 15 at Bethesda Naval Hospital after a heart attack. He had lived in Washington since 1969.
He commanded an attack transport, the Funston, in the Pacific during World War II and participated in amphibious operations at Saipan, Guam, Leyte and Iwo Jima. One of the wounded Marines evacuated from the beach at Iwo Jima was Sgt. Charles Anderson, the admiral's son. Sgt. Anderson died aboard the Funston.
After the war, Adm. Anderson served in the Bureau of Ships, graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and was industrial manager of the Ninth Naval District.
After retiring from active duty in 1950, he spent six years as chief executive of the engineering department of Wilson and Co., a meat-packing and sporting goods corporation in Chicago.
Adm. Anderson was a native of Bellingham, Wash. He graduated with the class of 1920 from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he played on the baseball team. Before World War II, he served aboard battleships, destroyers and submarines. He also qualified as a balloon pilot and earned a master's degree in diesel engineering at Columbia University.
His decorations included the Legion of Merit with combat V.
Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Viola Bent, and two daughters, Jeanne and Guinevere Griest-Anderson, all of Washington.