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