In Memory of
U.S. Navy Aviation Radioman Third Class
Wayne Maurice Anderson
Summit, South Dakota
April 7, 1920 – January 26, 1943
Killed in Plane Accident in Hawaii
Wayne Maurice Anderson was born April 7, 1920, at Marvin,
Grant County, South Dakota, to Robert and Ruth Anderson. He had a younger
brother, Dale, and a sister, Arlene. Wayne was a high school graduate of Summit
High School. He was considered “a young man of sterling character.”
On December 22, 1941, Wayne Anderson entered active service
at Aberdeen, South Dakota, and was trained at Seattle, Washington, and San
Diego, California, to be an airplane radioman, whose job it was to keep contact
with the ships down below. He went overseas in October of 1942.
Aviation Radioman Third Class Wayne Anderson was killed on
January 26, 1943, when his plane went down near Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. He had
been overseas for about 12 weeks. He was 22 years old.
Wayne Anderson is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at
Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Sara Crane, 8th Grade, Milbank Middle
School, Milbank, South Dakota. Information for this entry was provided by the
Grant County Review, 2/4/43 issue, supplied by Sharon Steege of the Grant
County Historical Society.