In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal
Leland L. Andersen
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
January 6, 1918 – May 24, 1943
Drowned in Swan Lake, Turner County, South Dakota
Leland L. Andersen was born January 6,
1918, at Viborg, Turner County, South Dakota, to Chris and Mary Andersen. He
grew up in the Davis/Parker area of Turner County. Before he entered the
service, Leland was employed by John Morrell’s for several years and did farm
work outside of Sioux Falls for the months prior to his induction.
On November 21, 1942, at Fort Crook,
Nebraska, Leland Andersen entered active service. While training in the Army Air
Corps, Corporal Leland Andersen was stationed at Drew Field in Tampa, Florida.
On May 24, 1943, while home on furlough,
Corporal Leland Andersen went out fishing with a group of friends on Swan Lake
at Viborg. When the boat overturned, Corporal Andersen and another man were
drowned while two others were rescued. It was thought that the coldness of the
water hampered Leland’s ability to swim to safety.
His body was recovered the same day, and
he was later buried with military honors at the cemetery at Davis, South Dakota.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator,
Spearfish, South Dakota. Information for this entry was provided by an
application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment, the 5/25/43 issue of the Rapid
City Journal, and by Greg Andersen, nephew, Sioux Falls, South Dakota