Anderson, William Ernest, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 745, F Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion
Service Years
1943 - 1944


Ranger
Private First Class



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles
Last Address
Los Angeles, CA

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Glendale, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Liberty Section, Lot 2054, Space 1

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 

Ranger Hall Of Fame


 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Ranger Battalion
  1943-1944, 745, F Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - American Theater
  1943-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Northern France Campaign (1944)/Battle for Brest
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Hurtgen Forest
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

PFC Anderson and his brother, Jack, were both killed in the same battle while serving with the 2nd Ranger Battalion. They are buried next to each other.

William E. Anderson and his brother Jack enlisted into the U.S. Army on Feb. 3, 1943. On Nov. 14, 1944 the Ranger battalion was ordered to relieve elements of the 112th Infantry Regiment in the protracted "Battle of Huertgen Forest". Bill's brother Jack joined the Rangers on Dec. 2, 1944 and four days later the Rangers moved in to help occupy and secure the village of Bergstein. 

The Rangers' next task on Dec. 7th was to assault and hold the 400 meter high Castle Hill (Hill 400) east of Bergstein. Company D and Company F began the assault at 7:30 AM of the heavily fortified hill laden with pill boxes. It was a bloody battle with repeated German counter attacks and heavy artillery barrages. The Rangers succeeded in capturing Hill 400 but with heavy casualties including Bill and his brother Jack, both dying from shrapnel wounds.

   
Comments/Citation
Private First Class William E. Anderson is inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame as a distinguished and courageous Ranger leader. Private First Class William E. Anderson "Andy" served with distinction in both the first and second sections of first platoon, Company F, 2nd Ranger Battalion. His exploits during the D-Day invasion and follow-on missions made a permanent impression on his fellow Rangers. Andy was part of the force who climbed Point Du Hoc and participated in the Brest campaign. It was during the Brest campaign that PFC Anderson posthumously earned the Silver Star. The last major battle of the campaign was for Hill 400. Andy had just delivered a killing blow to a fortified shelter near the crest of the objective and was pulling off when he was thrown backwards by the blast of an exploding shell. Private First Class Anderson later died from the wounds sustained in this explosion. Private First Class William E. Anderson's actions and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Rangers. His demeanor, expertise and professional knowledge "set the example for others to follow."
   
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