Private John C. Anderson is buried in Plot A Row 29 Grave 57 at the Epinal American Cemetery that is located in Lorraine, France.
He was born in 1908 to William and Annie Anderson. His father was a farmer and the 1920 census listed him by his middle name of Clabourne. At that time he was 11 years old and had a sister Jewell, age 16, brother George, age 14 and brother Willie, age 12.
He enlisted in the US Army from Harris County, Texas on March 20, 1942 at the age of 34 weighing 129 pounds and 5’ 9”. It was not uncommon for men of this age to enlist during World War II when patriotism and love of country was at its highest. His training began at Camp Wolters which is near Mineral Wells. After training Private Anderson was sent overseas and assigned to the 357th Infantry Regiment of the 90th Infantry Division. The 90th also known as “Tough Ombres” shipped out to Europe on March 23rd, 1944 and landed in England on April 5, 1944. They trained from April 10th to June 4th. First elements of the division saw action on D-Day, June 6th, 1944 at Utah Beach, Normandy and the remainder entered combat on June 10th. In the subsequent fighting Private John Anderson was wounded in action and then later killed in action on September 8th, 1944.
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