Frank Wilton Anderson
Company B 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
Frank W. Anderson was born in Dumfries, Virginia on October 24, 1908.
He enlisted in the Regular Army
for service in the Philippine Department on September 21, 1934
at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. His civilian occupation was listed as Semiskilled Occupations In Production
Of Rubber Goods. He had completed two years of college and was divorced with no dependents.
His religion was listed as Protestant.
The following information about his service is from documents posted by navyak1 on the Ancestry.com website:
He served in
Company E 5th Engineer Regiment for three years and re-enlisted
for another three year service period
as a Private First Class Specialist 4th Class on September 21, 1937.
On October 10,
1939 he was given an honorable discharge from his current
enlistment and he re-enlisted
for another three year service period in the 5th Engineers.
While with the 5th Engineers he qualified as Sharpshooter with the service rifle.
In September 1940 he was serving at Fort Sherman, Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone.
On April 14,
1941 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal in Battery D 1st
at Fort Sherman in the Canal Zone.
A formal reply
from the office of the Adjutant General to a request for
information about him
dated January 1944 stated that he was then serving as a Sergeant with Battery B 845th Antiaircraft
Automatic Weapons Battalion at Camp Stewart, Georgia.
His further re-enlistments and the date of his assignment to the 22nd Infantry are unknown at this time.
Private Anderson was killed in
action in Germany on December 3, 1944, during the Battle of the
The 22nd Infantry Regiment was pulled out of the battle in the early evening of December 3, but before 1st Battalion
could be relieved, it was hit by a German ground attack that morning, and a second attack
by German aircraft in the afternoon.
The entry for Frank W.
Anderson in the casualty lists of the 22nd Infantry for the month
of December 1944.
Note that he was initially listed as Missing In Action which was later changed to Killed In Action.
Courtesy of John Tomaswski
Frank W. Anderson was buried in
the U.S. Military Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle Cemetery,
Eupen, Belgium in Plot JJ Row 3 Grave 60. Some time later
his remains were returned to the United States where he was
reinterred in Virginia.
Dumfries Public Cemetery
Prince William County
Plot: Section 1
Grave marker for Frank W. Anderson
Photo by MVC from the Find A Grave website
Top photo by MVC from the Find A Grave website
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