In Memory of
U.S. Navy Coxswain
Donald Eugene Anderson
Woonsocket, South Dakota
Sanborn County
July 7, 1924 – July 14,1943
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea aboard the SS Samuel Heintelman

Donald is believed to be at the top

Donald is believed to be at the top

Donald “Nookie” E. Anderson was born July 7, 1924, at Woonsocket, South Dakota, the son of Ralph and Elizabeth Anderson. Before he entered the service, Donald was a student at Woonsocket High School.

Coxswain Donald E. Anderson enlisted in the Navy on August 28 and then reported for active duty on August 30, 1942. He reported to NTSch (Armed Guard) in Chicago and later transferred to Armed Guard Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He reported for foreign duty aboard the SS Joshua Seney in November of 1942. He was subsequently transferred to the SS Samuel Heintzelman on May 5, 1943. 

The SS Samuel Heintzelman was reported missing in action in the Indian Ocean as of July 14, 1943. Coxswain Donald Anderson, attached to the Armed Guard Unit, along with all the other officers and crew were carried as missing in action until January 7, 1946, when they were given a presumptive date of death.

Donald Anderson is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Brandon Olson, 8th grade student, Rutland School District in Rutland, South Dakota. Information for this entry was provided by a newspaper clippings and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment.