In Memory of
U.S. Navy Coxswain
Donald Eugene Anderson
Woonsocket, South Dakota
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 “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.