In Memory of
US Army Air Force: Lt.
Melvin L. Anderson
Lake Norden, South Dakota
January 10, 1914 – April 1942
MIA – Pacific Ocean – SW of Hawaii
Melvin L. Anderson was born in Lake Norden, South Dakota on
January 10, 1914. His parents are Richard and Eleva Anderson. He had siblings
Myrtle, Harry, Clarence, Ray, Elida, and Valda. Anderson’s attended Lake Norden
school and Huron College. He graduated from Lake Norden High School in 1932 and
in 1940 from Huron College where he played baseball and basketball and was a
member of the boxing team. Anderson worked as a teacher, and coached both track
and basketball for Plankington High School. He never married and he had no
Melvin enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1940 and
was trained in Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas. He was sent overseas in 1941
to Hickham Air Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Anderson held the rank of Lieutenant
in the 22nd division Bomb Group, 2nd Squadron. He left Honolulu on a
military assignment, but did not reach his destination, therefore considered
missing in action during the month of April, 1942.
Anderson perished in the Pacific Ocean, southwest of Hawaii
in April, the year 1942. He flew his B26 Bomber from Honolulu, and never
arrived at his assigned destination. Melvin L. Anderson’s original burial was
in the Pacific Ocean.
The survivors at the time of his death were his siblings
Myrtle, Harry, Clarence, Ray, Elida, and Valda. Elida is the current survivor.
This profile is
respectfully submitted by Brandy Buller, seventh grade, with the help of her
English teacher Jennifer Weber, May 2002. Information from this profile was
received from Eunice Anderson, sister-in-law to Melvin Anderson.