Denton Robert Anderson
August 3, 1920 - May 22, 1944
Made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country free
Memorial Rites Held For Sgt. R.D. Anderson
Memorial rites for Staff Sergeant Robert Denton Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Neils Anderson, were held Sunday, June 10, at in the Riverside LDS chapel. Anderson, who was reported missing in action since
May 22, 1944, is now presumed dead, according to word
received by the family from the war department.
First musical number, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” was sung by a male quartet composed of Leonard Winmill, Dan Thomas, LaMar Elison and Bert Cutforth, accompanied by Fay Neilson. Roach Wheeler offered the invocation, which was followed by a vocal solo, “Fear Not, Oh Ye Israel” by Orva Stander, accompanied by Mrs. Ruby Bailey.
Speakers were Bishop H.M. Wray,
Silvester, Roberts, Riverside
and T.V. Hanks of Idaho . The last two were former teachers of Idaho Falls ’s when he was a
student at Moreland high school. Anderson
Dan Thomas, accompanied by Fay Nielson sang “My Buddy”.
Members of the Stewart Hoover Post No. 23, American Legion, gave the Legion memorial ritual. Tributes to the soldier were given by Robert Pendlebury, Ray Eskelsen, Mrs. Wilford Olsen and W.H. England.
After a vocal solo, “My Task”, by Mrs. Emma Coleman of St. Anthony, accompanied by Stella Parkinson, Frank Halverson pronounced the benediction.
Out of town relatives and friends who journeyed to Riverside for the services were Mr. and Mrs. Lee Neilson, Ogden; Pvt. Russell Anderson, Fort Sill, Okla; Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Anderson, Salt Lake City, Mrs. Anna Coleman and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Moroni Steele and family, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Parkinson
and daughter Stella, and son S 1/c Dean Parkinson, all of Rexburg; Mr. and Mrs. Alex Coleman, Anna Jane and John, St. Anthony; George Forsythe, Rigby; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hampton, Idaho Falls; Robert Peterson, Wapello; and Mrs. Ruby Bailey, Ogden.
Sgt. Anderson was born
August 2, 1920, at Blackfoot. He was graduated from Moreland high school
with the class of 1938, and until his enlistment in January, 1942, he owned and
operated a farm in the Riverside district.
After his induction at
he received basic training at Fort Douglas , and
received instructions in airplane mechanics at Sheppard
Field, Texas ,
and Chanute Field, Ill. .
He was stationed for five months at Buffalo, New York . Orlando Field, Florida
Accepted as an air cadet, he trained at
Ryan Field, and Santa Ana, California , before he was
reclassified because of a slight physical defect and withdrawn from pilot
training. He was sent to a gunnery
school at Bakersfield,
California , and graduated as an aerial gunner
September 1943. Las Vegas, Nevada
After a brief furlough at his home in October, he joined his crew at
special instruction, and they left in March, 1944, for overseas duty. Sioux
Records sent the family by the war department show that the B-17 on which he was gunner was carrying out the fifteenth mission, and was last seen over
it was hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded in mid-air. No parachutes were seen to come from the
Surviving besides his parents are a sister, Mrs. Ingrid Nielson of Ogden, and the following brothers: Seaman 1/c Ross W. Anderson, with the Navy in the South Pacific; Pvt. Russell W. Anderson, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Homer, Donald, George and Wallace Anderson, all of Riverside.