Anders, Frank Lafayette, Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Service Years
1894 - 1899

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
1875
 
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Last Address
Fort Abraham Lincoln

Date of Passing
Jan 23, 1966
 
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Frank L. Anders

Frank Lafayette Anders
November 10, 1875(1875-11-10) – January 23, 1966 (aged 90)
  
Frank Lafayette Anders
Place of birth Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory
Place of death Ripon, Wisconsin
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1894-1899
Rank Private, later Major (United States)
Unit Young's Scouts
1st North Dakota Volunteer Infantry
Battles/wars Philippine-American War
Awards Medal of Honor
McKinley Congressional Medal
Other work Businessman
Historian
Scottish Rite
Mason
Geologist
Engineer

Frank LaFayette Anders (November 10, 1875 – January 23, 1966) was a United States Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Philippine-American War. He went on to become a noteworthy engineer, businessman, amateur military historian and politician.

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 Early years

Andres was born in Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory, in what is now Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, North Dakota. His father, formerly a Union Army soldier died of complications related to his wounds in 1890, and Anders, at age 15 began work with the Northern Pacific Railroad and became a machinist.

 Active Service and War years

In 1894 Anders enlisted in the National Guard and after starting his second enlistment was deployed to the Philippines.

 Medal & Citation

On May 13, 1899, Anders was one of eleven men later awarded the medal for actions which took place against the Philippine Rebels. These men, part of Young's Scouts caused 300 members of the enemy to retreat before their sudden charge. His medal was officially awarded on March 3, 1906.

Citation:

With 11 other scouts, without waiting for the supporting battalion to aid them or to get into a position to do so, charged over a distance of about 150 yards (140 m) and completely routed about 300 of the enemy who were in line and in a position that could only be carried by a frontal attack.

 Post-war service and death

After returning to the United States in 1899, he worked for mining interests and in 1902, armed with only a seventh grade education and a few months at Dakota Business College (1895) , he decided to attend Ripon College and after graduation in 1906 he became the first person awarded a scholarship by the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied Civil Engineering and was initiated into Acacia Fraternity in 1907, and was chief engineer with Utah Smelting Corporation from 1909 until 1920. In 1918, he was commissioned a Captain in the Corps of Engineers and stationed in Fort Dodge, Iowa. In 1919 he was transferred to Fort Riley where he was in charge of hospitals and also served in Washington, D.C. and at the Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan. Major Anders died in 1966, and was the oldest surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor at his death.

 Marriage and personal life

in 1910, Anders married Mary Bertha Hargrave and had two children Franklin and Marion.

 

   
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ANDERS, FRANK L.





Rank: Corporal

Organization: U.S. Army



Company: Company B

Division: 1st North Dakota Volunteer Infantry



Born: Fort Lincoln, Dakota Territory

Departed: Yes



Entered Service At: Fargo, N. Dak.

G.O. Number:



Date of Issue: 03/03/1906

Accredited To:



Place / Date: At San Miguel de Mayumo, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 13 May 1899

 


 


ANDERS, FRANK L. Photo

 

Citation


               With 11 other scouts, without waiting for the supporting battalion to aid them or to get into a position to do so, charged over a distance of about 150 yards and completely routed about 300 of the enemy who were in line and in a position that could only be carried by a frontal attack.



 

   
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