Private First Class William
E. Anderson Inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame
Excerpt reproduced with
permission from the Ranger Hall of Fame
Ranger Anderson was inducted
as a distinguished and courageous Ranger leader. Private First Class
William E. Anderson "Andy" served with distinction in both the first and
second sections of first platoon, Company F, 2nd Ranger Battalion. His
exploits during the D-Day invasion and follow-on missions made a
permanent impression on his fellow Rangers.
Andy was part of the force
who climbed Point Du Hoc and participated in the Brest campaign. It was
during the Brest campaign that PFC Anderson posthumously earned the
Silver Star. The last major battle of the campaign was for Hill 400.
Andy had just delivered a killing blow to a fortified shelter near the
crest of the objective and was pulling off when he was thrown backwards
by the blast of an exploding shell.
Private First Class Anderson
later died from the wounds sustained in this explosion. Private First
Class William E. Anderson's actions and devotion to duty are in keeping
with the highest traditions of the Rangers. His demeanor, expertise and
professional knowledge "set the example for others to follow."