In Memory of
U.S. Army Technician Fifth Grade
Willis Clifford Anderson
Toronto, South Dakota
Deuel County
September 5, 1916 -- December 13, 1944
Died in Germany of Wounds Received

 Willis Clifford Anderson

Willis Clifford Anderson was born on September 5, 1916 to Gilbert and Nettie (Nathalie) Anderson of rural Toronto, SD.   Willis was the second of 11 children; 7 boys and 4 girls.  His siblings included Roland, Jarvin, Allan, Raymond, Ernest, Norman, Alice, Arlene, Grace, and Irene. Willis went to the Mikkelson country school in rural Deuel County and graduated from the eighth grade.  After leaving school he worked on the family farm and helped other farmers in the area.

Willis entered the service on March 9, 1942 and was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, Pine Camp, New York and Watertown, New York.  Willis was a member of company B, 22nd armored Engineers, 5th Division.   He was sent overseas in February of 1944.  After D-Day on June 6, 1944, his company pushed through France and into Germany.  It was in Germany that Willis was injured.   The unit that Willis served with was trained in building bridges.  While working on a bridge in Germany on December 11, 1944, Willisí unit was fired upon and Willis received what became a fatal injury.

Willis died on December 13 of the wounds he received two days before.  He was buried in Belgium.

All seven of the Anderson boys served in the military: Roland, Willis, Ernest, Jarvin and Raymond in WW II, Allan in Korea, and Norman in Oklahoma; only Willis did not come back alive.  The farm where Willis grew up is still in the family, being farmed by his nephew, Gary.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Dawn Jaeger, Deuel High School, American History teacher.  It was compiled from information found in the Clear Lake Courier and from information received from his brother, Allan Anderson of Mansfield, his sister Alice Falken of Toronto and his grandniece, Leah Horn of Rapid City.