Army T. Sgt.
Francis F. Anderson
Dell Rapids, South Dakota
January 27, 1915 -- December 29, 1944
Killed in Action at Battle of the Bulge
Francis Fordean Anderson
paid the ultimate price for freedom of the USA. He was born on January 27, 1915.
Francis lived on a farm with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nels Anderson, of Moody
County. Anderson attended the Pleasant Prairie rural school for eight years and
then graduated from high school in Trent, South Dakota. Francis participated in
choir at the Bethania Lutheran Church. One thing that Alvin Anderson, his
brother, remembers about Francis is that he “was very interested in plants,
flowers and trees, had planned on further education, but stayed home to help Dad
Francis was drafted on
January 22, 1942. His training took him to lots of forts; among these forts were
Fort Leavenworth, Fort Riley, Fort Sam Houston, and Camp McCoy. Tech Sgt.
Anderson was sent overseas, serving as a cook, in Ireland, Scotland, and
England, and then to France, and finally the Battle of the Bulge in December of
Francis Anderson, a
Technical Sergeant in the Second Reconnaissance of the Second Division of the
First Army, was killed in his sleep, along with nine others, by a ‘concussion’
bomb while in a house near the front lines of the Battle of the Bulge, on
December 29, 1944.
A memorial service was
held for Francis at the First Baptist Church in Dell Rapids in 1945, even though
he was originally buried in Germany in the Henri Chapelle Cemetery. His body
was received home in 1947, three years after he had died. Graveside services at
the Nelson Cemetery, six miles northeast of Dell Rapids were conducted at that
American Legion Post in Trent is named partly in honor of Tech Sgt. Francis
This entry was respectfully submitted by Stephen
Post, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South
Dakota, February 9, 2000. Information for this entry was provided by Alice C.
Nelson, Trent, SD, family friend and neighbor, Bernard Nelson, Dells Rapids, SD,
cousin, and Alvin E. Anderson, Dells Rapids, SD, brother of Francis Anderson.