Rebecca <I>Needham</I> Anderson

Rebecca Needham Anderson

Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
Death 23 Apr 1995 (aged 37)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
Plot Section L, Lot 5-D, Space 1
Memorial ID 8935187 View Source
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Disaster victim in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing of April 19, 1995. Rebecca Needham Anderson was a nurse living in Midwest City, Oklahoma. When she saw the coverage of the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building on TV, she immediately went to help, thinking mainly of the children who were in the building's nursery. When she arrived at the bombing site, she immediately began digging through the rubble, pulling out victim after victim feverishly and fervently, taking them out of the ruins of the building and going back in after more victims repeatedly. While she was digging, a chunk of debris fell from the jagged edge of the hole in the building and struck her directly in the back of the head. She staggered out and told her fellow rescuers that she had been struck, but refused to sit down and rest, for she was determined to rescue more victims. She staggered back into the ruins, only to collapse from a sudden seizure. She was carried out by a fellow rescuer and taken to the hospital. She regained consciousness twice, and during the second time, she told her husband that she couldn't remember what happened. She then fell unconscious again and never woke up again. She was pronounced dead on April 23, 1995. Although not killed in the actual blast, she was tallied as the 168th and final victim of the bombing. She received many awards of heroism posthumously. A Time Life Special Edition of the bombing dubbed her the "Fallen Angel of Mercy."

Rebecca's mothers name is Doris Rogene Guilliams Born 1935

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