William Robert Anderson was born on 17 June 1921 in Bakersville,
Tennessee. He attended Columbia Military Academy before entering
the U.S. Naval Academy. He graduated in the Class of 1943. He
is a graduate of the Submarine School and sailed on eleven war
patrols during World War II. Anderson saw action in the Korean
Theater from January to May, 1954 aboard the USS Wahoo as Commander.
On 30 April 1957 he took command of the USS Nautilus, the
first atomic powered submarine. The Nautilus made the first voyage
in history from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean by way of the
North Pole. The crew was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation
and Anderson received the Legion of Merit at the White House
on 9 August 1958.
In July, 1962, following three years of Washington duty on
the staffs of admiral H.G. Rickover and three Secretaries of
the Navy, he retired with 20 years service to enter politics.
In 1963, he was named Consultant to the late John F. Kennedy
for the National Service Corps. He was elected to the House of
Representatives, 89th U.S. Congress, in November, 1964.
Anderson served as a Member of the House of Representatives
from 1964 through 1970. His best known legislative achievement
is his authorship and promotion of the Law Enforcement Education
Bill. It opened broad opportunities for specialized higher education
in Police and Corrections careers.