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Gerald 'Andy' Anderson - World War II

Gerald 'Andy' Anderson fought with the fabled 1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One) from Sicily through the end of World War II. He landed in the second wave on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He was wounded twice, the first time during the battle for the German city of Aachen. He was evacuated to England, but rejoined the division during its fight in the Battle of the Bulge where it held the northern shoulder of the bulge despite repeated attacks. Andy insisted on staying with his unit when injured a second time, and after the war returned to the United States in September 1945. In 1949 he married Jo Hillman, the woman he had corresponded with throughout the war. In his later years he attended several D-Day reunions.

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Searching for enemy mines

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Growing up during the Depression in central Illinois & military training

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Service with the 1st Infantry Division from Sicily to early Dec 1944

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Fight at Battle of the Bulge to end of the war, and post-war years

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Anderson played on his battalion’s basketball team during the unit’s time in England, late 1943-1944. 20-0 record. L to R: Christian (OH); Esh (IL); Nedelka (IL); Yoder (PA); Muren (IL); Anderson (IL); Monday (MI); Herrington (OK); Czaplewski (OH); Zack.

Where:

England

When:

late 1943-1944

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This image is considered to be in the public domain

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Josephine Hillman sent this pair of photos to Andy Anderson in early 1944 when his unit was preparing for the D-Day landings on June 6. Andy carried the photos with him throughout the rest of the war.

Where:

England

When:

early 1944

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Narrator’s photo

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Andy referred to these as the “2 Dumb Swedes,” Richard Carlson and Gerald Anderson in post-war Germany in the summer of 1945.

Where:

Germany

When:

summer of 1945

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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David D. Johnson & Gerald “Andy” Anderson while on occupation duty in post-war Germany.

Where:

Germany

When:

Summer of 1945

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Narrator’s photo

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Left to right: Gerald Anderson, Milton C. Pepper, and “Swede” Harold Carlson walked confidently down Chicago’s State Street after the war.

Where:

Chicago, Illinois

When:

Fall 1945

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Andy Anderson and Josephine (Jo) Hillman had this photo taken shortly after Andy’s arrival in Chicago in October 1945. Jo was enrolled in a Chicago area nursing school at the time. They were married in 1949.

Where:

Chicago, Illinois

When:

October 1945

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Narrator’s photo

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Gerald Anderson was enjoying a C-ration meal while on occupation duty in Germany after the war.

Where:

Germany

When:

after the war

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo



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Gerald Anderson, 91, proudly wears the Legion of Honor medal he received from the French government for services rendered to France during World War II.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

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Image from article “An Eagle, a Bogey and Two Birdies” in the Sunday, March 2, 2014 issue of The Pilot, Southern Pines, NC. May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.



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