Howard Taisey Anderson was born on Feb. 7, 1921, to Norwegian immigrants Thomas Anderson, a farmer, and Hannah (or Johanna) Sund Anderson, a homemaker.
The son was baptized the next month at Zion Lutheran Church in Sharon, North Dakota.
The family suffered much tragedy. One son was a few days old when he died in 1911. Another died at age 16 in 1923. Their father was 44 when he died in 1925.
The 1940 Census identified Howard as a bell boy at a hotel in Grand Forks. He enlisted in the Navy that October and was a fireman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.