Army Badge
  • Name: Uno "Andy" Harold Anderson
  • Location of Birth: Trout Lake Township, Itasca County, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: May 5, 1917
  • Date of Death: June 29, 2006
  • Parents: Alfred Anderson & Alma (Parviainen) Anderson
  • High School and Class:
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: 1st LT (1st Lieutenant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: March 14, 1941
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Thomas Newport, Kentucky
  • Date of Discharge: September 17, 1945
  • Place of Discharge: San Angelo, Texas
  • Military Awards:
    European Theater Ribbon with four Battle Stars
    Distinguished Flying Cross
    Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
    Name: Uno H. Anderson
    Birth Year: 1917
    Race: White, Citizen
    Nativity State or country: Minnesota
    State of Residence: Ohio
    County or City: Montgomery
    Enlistment Date: March 14, 1941
    Enlistment State: Kentucky
    Enlistment City: Fort Thomas Newport
    Branch: Branch immaterial, Warrant officers, USA
    Branch Code: Branch immaterial, Warrant officers, USA
    Grade: Private
    Grade Code: Private
    Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
    Source: Civil Life
    Education: Grammar school
    Civil Occupation: Engravers
    Marital status: Single, without dependents
    Height: 68
    Weight: 141

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - May 7, 1943 - "Roswell, N.M. - "The Bombardiers" - Dear Friends: I am seated in the glass nose of a Bombing plane - fifteen thousand feet above sea level - gazing down at the curious patchwork, which is the surface of the earth. We have just completed a bombing mission - the Norden Bombsight and I and with our silvery wings gracefully outstretched we are swiftly winging our way homeward. Scattered, billowy, snow white clouds float lazily below us - splashing their gray shadows over the mountains and plains. Far below I catch the reflection of the sun on the surface of a small lake - toward which runs a small stream. We are much lower now and I remove my oxygen mask and sit here day dreaming. The winding river below reminds me of home - that wide bend is like the bend in the river at home where I swam in my boyhood! We are following the valley through which the river flows, and I try to picture it as being one of the rivers in Itasca County, where I was born. We pass over a town, it could easily be Grand Rapids, on the Mississippi. In the distance another village - a pair of them - Bovey and Coleraine! So run the thoughts of a native son of Itasca County who refers to Bovey as his home town. Many years have passed since my last visit home - many of my friends are no longer there. My home is still there - and Mother; brother Eugene, who had the Itasca Barber Shop, is now on the West Coast; another brother, Archie, is on the East coast, along with an old friend, "Hank" Karjala. Other friends are scattered throughout the world, in the different theaters of war. News of them comes to me indirectly, thru the home town paper - the Bovey Press. Sincerest thanks to the Service Club and to the "Press." Best Wishes, Cadet Uno H. Anderson."

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - June 25, 1943 - "Among those awarded "wings" and second lieutenants' commissions in a recent graduation of bombardier cadets at the Roswell Army Air Field was Uno H. Anderson, son of Mrs. Alma Ferm, Route 1, Bovey, Minn. Prior to joining the Army in March 1941, the lieutenant was employed as an engraver for the Stanley Manufacturing Co., at Dayton, Ohio. He served for 18 months in the Infantry before transferring to the Air Corps for bombardier training."

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - August 20, 1943 - "RECEIVED HIS WINGS - Unique among schools of the Army Air Forces is the navigation school at the Carlsbad Army Air Field, Carlsbad, New Mexico. Included among the graduates was Second Lt. Uno H. Anderson, son of Mrs. Alma A. Ferm, R. No. 1, Bovey, Minn. Lt. Anderson recently received his bombardier wings upon graduation from the Roswell, N. Mexico Bombardier School. All students at the Carlsbad school, the only one of its kind, are commissioned bombardiers who come to Carlsbad to received a special intensified course in "dead reckoning" navigation. With this additional training they are able to direct a plane to its objective and also drop the bombs on the precise spot most beneficial to the United Nations' war effort."

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - July 21, 1944 - "England - June 4, 1944 - Dear Friends: Thank you very much for the birthday card, which I received a few days ago. My address has been changed twice recently, therefore the card was delayed. The Press has also been delayed. I haven't received any copies since April, but no doubt it will catch up with me soon. England is a very beautiful country and so far I like it fine. The work is hard and scares the pants off me, but so far I've had no real cause for worry. Surely would like to see this business come to an end. Sincerest regards to the Club. As ever, Lt. Uno H. Anderson."

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - April 6, 1945 - "LT. UNO ANDERSON AT SANTA ANA, CALIF. First Lieutenant Uno H. Anderson, son of Mrs. Alma A. Ferm of Route 1, Bovey, is currently assigned to the AAF Redistribution Station No. 4 at Santa Ana Army Air Base. Lt. Anderson, a bombardier aboard a B-24 Liberator in the European Theater of Operations, entered the service March 14, 1941, and went overseas in May 1944. He has been awarded the European Theater Ribbon with four Battle Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He has completed 31 missions serving in England. At this redistribution station, an operation of the Personnel Distribution Command, combat returnees of the AAF receive complete medical examinations, classification interviews and reassignment to domestic stations of the Army Air Forces.

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - September 14, 1945 - "RECEIVED DISCHARGE - Lt. Uno Anderson arrived home from San Angelo Texas, receiving his discharge after 4 1/2 years of service with the Eighth Air Force in England. He is a brother of Eugene Anderson, at one time a barber here, but now in service."

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Uno Anderson was a resident of Dayton, Ohio before and after World War II, moving to New Hope in 2001. He apprenticed and became a journeyman engraver. He later worked in sales and management at Rike's Department Store for 28 years, retiring in 1980. He had been a member of the American Legion in Dayton, Ohio and Robbinsdale, Minnesota.

    Uno died in Robbinsdale, Minnesota and is buried in the Trout Lake Community Cemetery, Itasca, Minnesota (Block 7, Lot 31). He is survived by his brother Archie Anderson; nieces and nephews, Robert "Bud" Anderson, Mike "Rab" (Lynn) Anderson, Sandra (Paul) Bloom, Bill Anderson, Suzanne Larson, Rich (Patti) Anderson, and Barbara Anderson; cousins, Hugo Heiniemi, Matt (Frances) Heiniemi, and Evelyn Bernard. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Alma Anderson; step-father, Victor Ferm; sister, Laila Tuomi; two infant sisters; brothers, George and Eugene Anderson; and nephew, Harold Anderson.

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