ANDERSON, CLARENCE I., Private, # 19059691, USAAF


Clarence I. Anderson was born on 21 March 1920 in Pennsylvania to Knut Ivan Anderson (1893-1957) (Soderhamn, Sweden) and Esther Maria Anderson (1898-1955). Siblings included John “Jack” Hugo Anderson (1924-1993), Norma E. (Anderson) Taylor (1927-2014), Marguerite Louise (Anderson) Musselman (1930-2002), and Lois May Anderson (1936-1984).


He enlisted in the USAAF in Seattle, Washington, on 17 December 1941. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-87/B-24 Liberator Express. He was sent overseas to India. On 15 May 1944 a C-87 (B-24 Express Liberator cargo variant), # 30593, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, Station 4, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, at 0629 hours on a transport mission to Chengtu, Chia, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, King Co., Washington (Sec. 9B, Site 108).


His father, Knut I. Anderson, born 4 July 1893, served during WWI, Private First Class, # 260036, 15th Division, 215 Engineers Regiment, Company A, from 27 May 1918 to 5 February 1919. He died 15 August 1957 and is buried in the Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, on 26 August 1957 (Sec. K, Grave 437).


His brother, John H. Anderson, born 31 March 1924, served in the U.S. Army, Sergeant, from 2 July 1943 to 1 April 1946. He died 9 March 1993 and is buried in the Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, King Co., Washington (Sec. 8A, Site 143).