Army Badge
  • Name: Archie William Anderson
  • Location of Birth: Gran Township, Itasca County, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: December 13, 1915
  • Date of Death: July 27, 2007
  • Parents: Alfred Anderson & Alma (Parviainen) Anderson
  • High School and Class: 1933 Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: S SGT (Staff Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: April 12, 1942
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: October 20, 1945
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:
    Purple Heart

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Archie William Anderson
    Race: White
    Age: 24
    Birth Date: December 13, 1915
    Birth Place: Itasca County, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: Mesaba Cliff Co., Marble, Minnesota
    Weight: 160
    Height: 5-11
    Complexion: Light brown
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Arma Ferm, mother, Route 1, Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - May 12, 1944 - "Italy - April 5th, 1944 - Dear Mrs. Leksen: Received your letter the other day, and it was nice to hear from you. Yes, George and Gene are my brothers. I didn't know who you were at first, but when you mentioned your sister Hilda, well, then I remembered. I read the Bovey Press some time ago that she joined the Wacs, and have often wondered how she was making out. The weather over here has been swell lately. It hasn't even rained for a while now. We sure have had plenty of rain though, and mud! This Italian mud is really mud. I was up the mountains around Christmas and New Years and we had quite a blizzard up there. I've been on this Anzio beachhead now for some time. No doubt you've read about the scraps we've had over here. It's been rough, very rough at times. Yes, I hear from the Service Club quite often. I get the home town paper and also the Reader's Digest. I certainly appreciate what all you people back there are doing for us fellows in the service. Well, I'll have to close now. Sincerely, Archie Anderson."

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - November 17, 1944 - "WOUNDED IN FRANCE - Staff Sergeant Archie Anderson, who has fought through the battles of Africa, Sicily, and Italy, was wounded in the invasion of Southern France. He is now in an Army hospital in Italy. Archie is one of the three sons of Mrs. Victor Ferm in the Army. One brother, Lt. Uno Anderson is with the Army Air Corps in England. Pvt. Eugene Anderson of the Infantry, has an A.P.O. out of New York."

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Archie Anderson married Rose Rukavina in Itasca County, Minnesota in 1949. He was employed as a truck mechanic for Cleveland Cliffs Mining for 37 years and farmed for many years in the Trout Lake area. He was life-long member of the Itasca County D.A.V., a member of the V.F.W., a member of the Bovey Moose Lodge, and had been a Farm Bureau member and director.

    Archie died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in the Trout Lake Community Cemetery, Bovey, Minnesota (Block 7, Lot 31). He is survived by his sons, William Anderson and Richard (Patti) Anderson; a daughter, Suzanne Larson; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred & Alma Anderson, his step-father, Victor Ferm; his wife Rose in 1999; three sisters, Laila Tuomi, Sylvia, and a sister in infancy; and three brothers, George, Eugene and Uno.

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