In Memory of
Floyd Wendall Anderson
Irene, South Dakota
May 20, 1919 --November 15, 1944
Killed In Action at Motzi, France
Floyd Wendall Anderson was born
in Irene, South Dakota, on May 20, 1919.
He was the second of four
children of Nels and Annie (Jensen) Anderson. His sister, Delores Snyder,
remembers that Floyd didn’t like school very much, but he enjoyed hunting and
occasionally caught skunks. He loved music; he often played harmonica and banjo.
Before his military service, Floyd delivered ice to homes in Viborg, South
When war was declared, Floyd Anderson enlisted in the Army
and received his training at Camp Barkley in Texas. SSgt. Floyd Anderson was
sent overseas and served under General Patton. During the invasion in July of
1944, SSgt. Floyd Anderson was injured and sent to the hospital. Upon recovery,
SSgt. Anderson was sent back to combat duty. On July 30, 1944, Anderson wrote
the following words to his family:
I think its about time that I write you a few
lines. How are you? I sure hope
you are all ok. I been waiting to hear from you but suppose you are purty
busy at home.... I suppose everybody’s harvesting their grain. I hope the
comes out good.
Army Staff Sergeant Floyd
Anderson was killed November 15, 1944, reportedly shot in the back by a German
sniper hiding in a tree. He was posthumously awarded two Purple Hearts and is
buried in the American Military Cemetery in St. Avold, France.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Kayla
K. Bliege, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South
Dakota, October 31, 2000. Information was provided by Mrs. Delores Snyder, Sioux
Falls, South Dakota, sister of Army Staff SSgt. Floyd Anderson, and Richard
Jensen, Irene, SD, cousin.