Woodbury County

M/Sgt. Richard E. Anderson




First Class Private William R. Anderson is stationed with the infantry at Camp Roberts, California and his brother, First Class Private Richard E. (Dick) Anderson is attending a school for instruction in maintenance of gliders at Sheppard Field, Texas. The brothers are sons of Mrs. William H. Anderson, 1802 Center Street.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, November 5, 1942

S. Sgt. Richard E. Anderson, stationed in England, has mailed two battle citations to his mother, Mrs. W. H. Anderson, 1802 Center street. He is a member of a carrier group of the Ninth air force, which was cited for outstanding performance of duty in the Egypt-Libyan, Tunisian and Sicilian campaign and the invasion of Normandy.  S. Sgt. Anderson has been overseas more than two years.  A brother, Pfc. William R. Anderson, is somewhere in Germany.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, unknown date of publication (photo included)

WWII Bonus Case File:
Richard E. Anderson
Born: 26 Oct 1920, Sioux City, Iowa
Entered Service: 9 Sep 1942
Departure from the U.S. on 21 Dec 1942
Date of Return to the U.S. on 10 Jul 1945
Separated from the military on 19 Sep 1945

NOTE: Date of Death: 3 Sep 2009
**Excerpt from his obituary:
Richard was born on Oct. 26, 1920, in Sioux City, the son of William Harold and Myrtle Elizabeth (Bristow) Anderson. He was raised in Sioux City and attended Woodrow Wilson School and graduated from Central High School in 1939. After he graduated, he went to work for Swift & Co. He worked there until he was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942. He boarded the USS Mariposa and sailed around the Cape of Good Hope and landed at Suez, Egypt. He was assigned to the 316 Troop Carrier Group. This carrier group was assigned to the 9th Air Force and worked with the British 8th Army, were he worked on C-47s. He also served in Casablanca, Tunisia, Sicily, England and France, where he maintained gliders.He was discharged from the Air Force in 1945 as a Master Sgt. After returning to Sioux City, he worked in the office for Swift & Co. and for CSTPMO Railroad until 1948.