In Memory of
Army First Lieutenant
Arthur M. Andersen
Rapid City, SD
1912 Ė July 23, 1944
Killed in Action in Central Pacific
Arthur M. Andersen was a native of
Phillip, South Dakota, and was born in 1912.† He graduated from Rapid City High
School in 1932.† During his senior year, he and George A. Bangs won the state
debate championship and went on to win second place in the national competition.
The previous year he was runner up in state.† He also won the state oratory
championship and was active in other high school activities, serving as
president of his class and of the student association.† After his graduation
from high school, he attended George Washington University in Washington D.C.†
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1938.† After his
graduation from college, he was employed in the Hispano American division of the
Library of Congress, where he remained until his entrance in the military
He served in the Pacific area nearly a
year and a half as an intelligence officer as part of a heavy bombardment
squadron.† He held the rank of First Lieutenant.
He was killed in a plane crash in the
Central Pacific on July 23, 1944.† Notice of his death was received by his
parents in a message from the war department.
No other details concerning Lt.
Andersenís military service or circumstances concerning his death could be
located.† However, we know he gave his life fighting for our nationís freedom,
and we honor him for his bravery and sacrifice.
was respectfully submitted by Monte J. Denke, Hope A. Olic, and Tyler J. Arnio,
seniors, Wall High School, Wall, South Dakota, May 2, 2002.† Information for
this entry was provided by the Rapid City Journal, obituary for Army
First Lieutenant Arthur Andersen.