In Memory of
Army 2Lt.
Clarence Virgil “Kay” Anderson
Canova, South Dakota
McCook County
June12, 1916 -- April 12, 1944
Killed in Action in England

Clarence Virgil “Kay” Anderson

Clarence Virgil “Kay” Anderson was born at Canova, South Dakota, on June 12, 1916, one of four children.  His parents were Oscar D. and Ida Anderson. Known as “Kay” to family and friends, Clarence was an excellent student, graduating from Salem High School in 1934. While attending school, Kay was a star basketball player and was president of his class during his senior year.  Kay was also a great help on the family farm, even after he began his teaching career.

After graduation from high school, Kay worked several jobs while attending Dakota Weslyan University at Mitchell, South Dakota, receiving his degree in 1939.  Kay then coached and taught science, chemistry, and math at high schools in Wood, Menno, and Spencer, South Dakota.

In March of 1942, Virgil “Kay” Anderson enlisted in the Army Air Corps and soon began active service. In December 24, 1943, Anderson graduated from A.A.F. navigation school, becoming a navigator on a B 17.

According to his sister, Lylah Swanson:

Lieutenant Clarence V. Anderson was killed April 12, 1944, with 6 other members
of the ten men crew on their first mission as a team. Their plane never made the take
off, crashing into a hilly field on a foggy day in England.

Kay Anderson is buried in Cambridge American Cemetery near London, England. Kay’s name is included in a book at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral as “one of 28,000 Americans who left for battle from England and never returned. Each day one page is turned. It takes six months and three days and then they start over.”

2nd Lieutenant Clarence V. Anderson will always be loved and remembered; best wishes from Harley Walter Bergman. God Bless.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Harley Bergman, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, November 3, 2000.  Information for this entry was provided by Mrs. Lylah Swanson, 17230 N. 125th Ave., Sun City West, Arizona, sister of Clarence Anderson.