Donald "Tod" Maxwell Anderson

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  • Name: Donald "Tod" Maxwell Anderson
  • Location of Birth: Marble, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: December 16, 1917
  • Date of Death: KIA - October 12, 1943
  • Parents: Arthur M. Anderson & Naomi (Ball) Anderson
  • High School and Class: 1935 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: ARM 3c (Aviation Radioman Petty Officer 3rd Class)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: 1941
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • Military Awards:
    Purple Heart

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Donald Maxwell Anderson
    Race: White
    Age: 22
    Birth Date: December 16, 1917
    Birth Place: Marble, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Marble, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: Interstate Iron Co.
    Weight: 162
    Height: 5-8
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Black
    Next of Kin: Mrs. A. M. Anderson, mother, Marble, Itasca, Minnesota, USA

    Donald received his basic training at Great Lakes and was graduated from radio school at the University of Wisconsin. He had made several trips overseas before being killed on duty and was interred in Dutch Guiana, South America. Reburial in the family plot in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota was on May 10, 1948.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:
    Newspaper article - Itasca Iron News, Coleraine, Minnesota - Oct 1943 - Another young man from this locality, Donald “Tod” Anderson of Marble is reported “missing”, according to a telegram received on Tuesday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Anderson. Tod was a radio operator, about 25 years old. He was last home the 23rd of August, and has been in service two years. Two younger brothers, Philip and Mickey, are both in the Armed Forces. The telegram received by the shocked parents reads thus: “Deeply regret to inform you that your son, Avi. Second Class Donald M. Anderson, is missing as result of airplane crash October 12th. Due to nature of crash, in which there were no survivors reported, more information is unavailable. Details will be forwarded you as soon as received. Commanding officer Air Transport, Squadron Seven, 602.” This is the first war casualty for Marble. “Tod” Anderson went to school in Coleraine and was well known and popular in all the towns adjacent to Marble.

    Newspaper article - Itasca Iron News, Coleraine, Minnesota – 28 Oct 1943 – Marble Youth Buried in South America – Donald Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Anderson of Marble, first reported missing in action, was killed in a plane crash while on a mission in South America, his parents were advised. The plane crashed October 12 and all occupants were killed. They were buried in South America, according to information to the youth’s parents. Memorial services were held in the Marble Methodist Church last Sunday.

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