Charles Titus Anderson was born on March 23, 1921, in Evansville, Indiana, to Charles S. Anderson, a steel worker, and Coraetta Trent Anderson, a homemaker.
By 1930, the family had moved to San Jacinto in Riverside County, California. The 1940 Census showed the family living in nearby Elsinore. Mr. Anderson finished high school before enlisting in the Navy on Oct. 10, 1939.
He was a carpenter’s mate and petty officer second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.