52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2018 #12 – Misfortune

Misfortune of War

In 1891 Himberg and Signe (Sena) Anderson, my great grandparents, left Norway with their first child, Adolph, just a baby, and immigrated to the United States.

Young Sena and Himberg Anderson

Signe Simmonite Christopherson and Himberg Anderson

They settled in Bruce, Rusk County, Wisconsin and added seven more children, six sons for a total of seven boys and one daughter, that being my grandmother Signe Helmena Anderson.

Adult Anderson Children with names & Dates

Top row l to r – Adolph, Arnold, Jurean (Jack), Harry.

Front row l to r – Helmer, Signe, Clarence and Stafford.

Arnold Barney Anderson was the last child born to Himberg and Signe Anderson in 1910 when they lived in Bruce, Wisconsin.

Census records show Arnold was 29 years old and lived in Chicago in 1940 and his occupation was a bus driver. His education level was grammer school. The census report says he was married to Mary LaCarte and they lived in the household of her brother. When Arnold was 32 years old he was in New York City, possibly visiting his brother, Jack, who also lived in New York in 1942, and he entered the Army on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) 1942. Makes me wonder if how much he had to drink influenced his decision.

He became an Army Ranger and was wounded and lost his right arm and received the Purple Heart, Silver Star and the Bronze Medal. He served in the Pacific.

Arnold Anderson headstone

Later records show he returned to Chicago and was married to Esther. They had no children. He died on May 6, of 1962.

Arnold Anderson and wife Esther.

I never met Arnold, my father told us some stories about his military service. It sounded like he was quite a fighting man.

Next, I need to request his Army records from the Department of Veterans Affairs so I can learn where he served and what he did to earn the special recognition of the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart while suffering from the misfortune of war.