Dale Kenneth Anderson
Charles Mix, County
September 22, 1922-October 4, 1944
Killed in Action at Man Fredonia, Italy
Dale Kenneth Anderson, born September 22, 1922 in Platte, South Dakota, was the
third child of Gustof and Amelia Anderson. He did farm work for Dave
Summerville. He later joined the CCC camp at Sturgis, South Dakota that took him
to Denver, Colorado. He was there for a few weeks, when, two days after Pearl
Harbor, Dale enlisted in the army.
Dale's brothers and sisters say he
was a nice guy and always concerned about his younger siblings. He played
baseball and enjoyed playing games with his siblings. Dale's brother Bob
recalled how he loved to bake. One particular time he was making cookies and
tried to get everyone involved in the clean up because Mom and Dad were soon to
be home and he had gotten flour everywhere.
received a letter on December 16, 1941 saying very proudly, "I'm in the army
now" and that he was in El Paso, Texas, at Fort Bliss. He said he was leaving in
January for the Air Corps. He was stationed at Foster Field, Texas for three
years and it was there that he met the love of his life and married Mary Olsovsky
of Victoria, Texas.
Dale was sent over seas on March 7, 1944 and served with the ground forces in
Africa before being sent to Italy. Dale was killed on October 4, 1944 at Man
Fredonia, Italy when he was in a jeep accident while pursuing the enemy. Dale
was the second of the Platte men who gave their lives in the service in World
War II and who have been returned to the country for burial.
resting place is in the New Platte Cemetery in the family plot in Platte, South
Dakota. Dale Kenneth Anderson was a valiant soldier who gave his life for his
country so his family could be free.
Kelly Kimball and Holly Fite, seniors at Platte High School, Platte, South
Dakota, March 18, 2002, respectfully submitted this entry. Wayne Anderson,
Armour, South Dakota, brother of Private Dale Anderson provided information
for this entry.