In Memory of
Army Infantry
Alvin Sampson Anderson
Estelline, S.D.
Hamlin County
Jan. 26, 1919-Jan.12, 1943

Alvin Sampson Anderson

Alvin Sampson 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.