In Memory of
Army Signal Corps Corporal
Glenn Arnold Niels Andersen
Viborg, South Dakota
November 26, 1919 – October 28, 1942
Killed in Action at Akpatok Island in Ungava Bay
Glenn Arnold Niels Andersen was born November 26, 1919,
in Viborg, South Dakota. He was the son of Christian M. and Marie K. Andersen.
He had one brother, Arlo W. Andersen, who also served as a Marine in World War
II. Glenn attended Viborg High School and graduated in 1939. After high school
he repaired radios and attended the Civilian Conservation Corps in Custer, South
Glenn enlisted with the U.S. Army on February 12, 1942, and
attained the rank of Corporal. He was stationed at Camp Forrest, Tennessee. He
was then sent on to Chicago and New York. Later on, he was sent to Nova Scotia.
For his final station, Cpl. Andersen went to Ungava Bay in northern Quebec.
Cpl. Andersen was the radio operator on the tugboat
“Matthew.” On October 28, 1942, it hit submerged rocks in waters difficult to
navigate on the Koksoak River near Fort Chimo and sank. Everyone on board were
civilians except for Cpl. Andersen. The tugboat was transporting supplies to
Baffin Island where secret air bases were being built. There were five
survivors and twenty-three perished of whom Cpl. Andersen was one. He was never
On January 9, 1943, Mr. and Mrs. Andersen received
information on their son Army Cpl. Glenn A. N. Andersen from General H. B.
Lewis, which read:
The desire for news regarding Technician
Andersen is most understandable and I
regret that casualty reports of necessity are usually very meager due to the
extreme pressure under which our forces in the field operate. The official
report received concerning this soldier stated that he was missing at sea as
a result of a marine disaster, but further details concerning his
disappearance were not revealed.
I assure you that everything possible is being done to determine the
of Technician Andersen and when any information is received concerning him,
you will be notified immediately.
Glenn Arnold Niels Andersen was a great soldier. He gave
his life for his country. We will always remember him as a great soldier who
sacrificed his life for the United States.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Brandi Duerksen and Matt Bones, 11th Grade,
Parker High School, Parker, South Dakota, April 30, 2002. Information for this
entry was provided by Mrs. Elaine Andersen, Viborg, South Dakota, sister-in-law
of Corporal Glenn Arnold Niels Andersen.