Alvin Sampson Anderson
Jan. 26, 1919-Jan.12, 1943
Anderson was born near Lake Norden in the county of Hamlin, South Dakota. He was
born on January 26, 1919 to Sampson and Mayme (Knutson) Anderson. Growing up,
Anderson attended schools in Laketon, Brookings, and Peyton School - Hamlin
County, Estelline, S.D., and showed interest in hunting, fishing,
roller-skating, and dancing. He graduated from the 8th grade in rural
Estelline but did not attend high school. He worked on houses close to his home
for pocket money. According to his sister Merlyne Nitteberg, he was a very
ambitious, brave, and good-hearted person.
The United States Army drafted Anderson to the service in Hayti, S.D. at the
age of 23. He was trained in Texas at Camp Walters in Mineral Wells. He
additionally trained in the Hawaiian Islands, and Des Moines, Iowa. He was sent
overseas to the Hawaiian Islands and to the Guadalcanal, an island located near
Iwo Gima. He held the rank of Private 1st class, 27th
Infantry, 25th Division of the United States Army.
Private Anderson perished January 12, 1943. He was killed by a hand grenade
while trying to rescue a buddy from a foxhole in the Guadalcanal.
He was buried in the Estelline Cemetery on the family plot on March 19, 1943.
He received the Purple Heart Award, which was given to his mother, who also
received the American Flag. These items, along with a picture, can be found on
display at the American Legion in Estelline, S.D..
At the time of Private Andersonís death, his mother Mayme Anderson, his
sisters Mary Salmonson and Merlyne Nitteberg, and his brother Leonard Anderson
survived his death. They were all from around the Estelline area. Merlyne
Nitteberg is the only one of his family still alive today.
This Profile is respectfully submitted by Sarah Block, Sixth grade, Mickelson
Middle School, Brookings, S.D.. Information from this profile came from Merlyne
Nitteberg of Castlewood, S.D., sister to Alvin Sampson Anderson.