In Memory of
Army First Lieutenant
Arthur M. Andersen
Rapid City, SD
Pennington County
1912 Ė July 23, 1944
Killed in Action in Central Pacific

Arthur M. Andersen

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 service.†

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.

This entry 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.