|Birth: ||May 16, 1923|
|Death: ||Sep. 30, 1944|
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Anderson received a message last Thursday evening that their son, Pvt. Eugene Ellsworth Anderson, was killed in action on September 30th, in Holland. Eugene entered the service of his country on October 21, 1943, and received his early training at Camp Wolters, Texas. He was then transferred to Camp Meade, Md. From there he was sent to England where he took paratroop training.
The community shares its deepest sympathy with the bereaved family.
The Nelson Gazette (Nelson, NE), Thursday, November 2, 1943; pg. 1
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Andersen (sic) are deeply grateful for a letter received by them this week from Jan den Biesen, a subject of Holland, living at Graafseweg B300, Alverna (Gld), Netherlands. Its message tells the Andersens (sic) of his having found the grave of their son Eugene in a churchyard situated near the village of Nijmegan. He pledges himself to care for the grave "out of gratitude for our liberation, in which your son has a great part." He had received the name and address of Mr. and Mrs. Andersen (sic) from the Nederlands Oorlogsgraven Comite, of Malden, Netherlands, a group of grateful Hollanders who have dedicated themselves to the task of locating and caring for the graves of soldiers killed in their country and corresponding with their people in American.
The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, May 1, 1947
Eugene Ellsworth Anderson, son of Morris and Elsie Anderson, was born at Hebron, Nebraska, May 16, 1923, and died at Groesbeak (sic), Holland, September 30, 1944. He attended Nelson Public School and graduated in 1941. In September, 1941, he went to Van Nuys, California, where he was employed in the Lockheed Aeroplane plant for nine months. He returned to Nebraska and worked in the Martin Bomber plant in Omaha. In August, 1942, he enlisted in the army. October 11, 1943, he left Kansas City for Camp Wolters, Texas, where he took his basic training. He finished in March 1944. He was hospitalized for several weeks. After his hospitalization he had a short furlough at home. On June 11, 1944, he shipped out from Fort George at Mead, Maryland, for England. In England he joined the Paratroopers, belonging to the famous Red Devil brigade No. 508, Parachute Infantry 82 Air-borne Division Co. A. The Brigade No. 508 was awarded Congressional Medal of Honor, and was also likewise honored by the Dutch government.
He parachuted into Holland Sept. 17, 1944. He was killed in action two weeks later. He leaves, besides his parents, his grandmother, Mrs. Lucy Webb, of Nelson; a grandfather, Henry Anderson, of Fairbury; two brothers, Morris, Jr., and Jack, both of Nelson. An infant brother preceded him in death. He leaves five sisters Mrs. Wanda Amack of Superior, Mrs. Marlys Rackley of Amherst, New Hampshire, Mrs. Donna Madson, Nelson; Mrs. Bonnie Stevens, Nelson; and Judith Kay at home.
While in England he grew weary of the constant fog and rain and longed for the sunshine of Nebraska.
Services were held at Klawitter chapel here Sunday, May 1, at 2:30 o'clock, with Rev. Dwight Neville of the Baptist church in Superior, the pastor in charge. Service music was furnished by Mrs. Kenneth Jensen, Marian Littrell, Shirley Reeve and Ruth Janssen, with Helen Peery at the piano. The Nelson American Legion had charge of the military services. Burial was made in the cemetery here.
The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, May 5, 1949
Morris Anderson (1898 - 1971)
Elsie Webb Anderson (1904 - 1965)
Eugene Ellsworth Anderson (1923 - 1944)
Wanda Anderson Amack (1925 - 1993)*
Marlys Lucille Anderson Waller (1926 - 2007)*
Morris Daniel Anderson (1928 - 1998)*
Donna June Anderson Madson (1929 - 2007)*
Infant Son Anderson (1937 - 1937)*
Judith Kay Anderson Mertens (1940 - 2008)*
In Loving Memory of our Son
82nd Div 508th Parachute Inf Co A
Killed in action at Groesbeek, Holland
Plot: Block 3, Lot 18, Grave 12 & 13
Created by: Peggy Bargen Duey
Record added: Jul 03, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20247008