|Pvt. Charles Anderson joined these 4th Division GIs as a replacement in the Hurtgen Forest.|
Charles William Anderson never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on May 24, 1918 in Tennessee. His parents James and Willie Mae were also both born in Tennessee. His father worked as a motorman for a coal mine and later as an electrician. Still later he worked as a night watchman. Charles had two younger brothers and one younger sister. His mother died in 1931. He had two more brothers and two more sisters from his father's second marriage. By 1940 Charles had completed eight years of schooling and was working as a delivery man. He married Anna Smith.
He was drafted into the army on April 23, 1944. He was sent to Europe in November 1944 and joined Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division as a replacement private. At that time the 4th ID was emeshed in the bloody fighting in the Hurtgen Forest.
On December 2, 1944 the 8th IR was heavily engaged with the enemy near Auchen, Germany. Nine officers and 125 enlisted men, including Pvt. Anderson, were wounded and evacuated to a field hospital. Two days later the hospital was bombed and Pvt. Anderson was killed.
His grave is at Coalmont Cemetery in Coalmont, Tennessee. I don't know what happened to his widow.
Thank you Charles for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Charles.
Last year on this date I profiled Elmo Olson, 7th Armored Division. You can read about Elmo here.
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