In Memory of
Army Pfc.
Robert G. Anderson
Sturgis, South Dakota
Meade County 
January 17, 1924 – January 12, 1945
Killed in Action in Germany

 Robert G. Anderson

Robert Glen Anderson was born in Canby, Minnesota, on January 17, 1924, to Gustave and Ella Anderson. He had four sisters. He and his family moved to Sturgis, South Dakota, in 1929. Robert attended Sturgis High School where he was involved in band, chorus, debate, and class plays. During his senior year in high school, he was president of the student body. After graduating in May of 1942, Robert started college at Brookings, where he was class president while majoring in pharmacy.

Robert enlisted in the Reserve Corps of the U.S. Army in December of 1942. He was called to active duty in April of 1943 and completed his basic training in Texas, before being sent to Fordham University in New York City for specialized training. Bob, as he was called by friends and family, was eventually assigned to the 78th Infantry Division and was sent overseas in October of 1944.

After arriving in England, Pfc. Anderson fought in Europe in the Battle of the Bulge, among other battles. Although he was wounded several times, he was always sent back to the front line. Pfc. Robert Glen Anderson was killed in action on January 12, 1945, just five days shy of his twenty-first birthday. Initially buried in Holland, Pfc. Anderson’s remains were returned to Sturgis and reburied at Black Hills National Cemetery.

Army Pfc. Robert Glen Anderson was awarded the Purple Heart for bravery. According to his youngest sister, Jeanne Schnurstein, “He [Bob] had a wild and wonderful sense of humor and was admired and liked by all who knew him…. May he not have died in vain.”

This entry was respectfully submitted by Matthew A. Lutz, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, August 31, 1999. Information for this entry was provided by Mrs. Jeanne Schnurstein of Phoenix, Arizona, sister of Pfc. Anderson.