In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class
Julius A. Andersen
Stockholm, South Dakota
July 18, 1919 – July 23, 1943
Killed as a POW of the Japanese
Julius Andersen was born July 18, 1919, at Viborg, Turner
County, South Dakota, to Jens and Albertina Andersen. He had three brothers:
Christian, Lars, and Louie. While still very young, Julius moved with his family
to the Stockholm area of Grant County, where he was raised and educated. Julius
is remembered as being “quite the comedian and prankster.” Before he entered the
service, Julius worked as a trucker and was also employed at the Stockholm
On March 7, 1941, Julius entered active service at Fort
Snelling in Minnesota. He was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Camp Bowie,
Texas. In the fall of 1941, Pfc. Andersen was sent overseas to the India-Burma
area as part of Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 131st
Field Artillery Regiment.
On February 24, 1942, Pfc. Andersen was captured by the
Japanese at Java. He was then sent on to a prisoner of war camp at Moulmein,
Burma. His family received only a brief card from him during his time as a
prisoner of war. On July 23, 1943, Pfc. Julius Andersen died of beri beri. He
was 24 years old. His family did not receive word of his death until two weeks
after V-J Day.
Julius Andersen is buried at B 463 at the National Cemetery
of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. His flag was sent to the National Avenue of
Flags in the Black Hills.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator,
Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by the Andersen family
via Deb Andersen Trevett, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment, and
Herald Advance 1/24/46 issue.