Donald William Anderson

SM3c Donald William Anderson

Donald William Anderson was born in Portland, Oregon, on Oct. 16, 1920. His mother, Esther Stensrude Anderson, was a homemaker and Norwegian immigrant. His father, William Anderson, was a certified public accountant.

The son attended Grant High School in Portland. He enlisted in the Navy on July 13, 1938, and was a signalman and petty officer third class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

A brother, James K., was an Army corporal in the Korean war.

Sources: the Oregonian of Portland; Census; Navy muster roll; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs death file. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.

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