Anderson, Francis Coleman, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1952-1953, 131X, USS Kearsarge (CV-33)
Service Years
1942 - 1953

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jan 28, 1953
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 8 (Cenotaph)

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, Korean War Fallen
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)VC-35 Night HecklersUSS Kearsarge (CV-33)
  1945-1951, 131X, Naval Reserve Personnel Command (NRPC)
  1952-1953, 131X, VC-35 Night Hecklers
  1952-1953, 131X, USS Kearsarge (CV-33)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
South Dakota State UniversityUniversity of Iowa
  1939-1941, South Dakota State University
  1941-1942, University of Iowa
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Francis Coleman Anderson was born on May 2, 1923 to Arthur “Doc” and Esther Victoria (Palm) Anderson. He was raised and educated in Sisseton, where he attended high school. He later graduated from “State College with an engineer degree” and reportedly attended the University of Iowa and then the Iowa City Navy Pilot Program. At some point he worked for the US Corps of Engineers in Alaska. 

Lt. Francis Anderson served in WW II, enlisting on October 30, 1942, and after the war was inactivated to Naval Reserve. He was recalled to active service on April 15, 1951, and was assigned duty as a fighter pilot who flew an AD-4N Skyraider night bomber with Detachment F, Composite Squadron 35, aboard the USS Kearsarge. He had reportedly been in combat for five months before his disappearance. A declassified report was obtained and contained the following information about the fate of Lt. Francis Anderson: 

On January 8, 1953, the USS Kearsarge and its air group left the Hong Kong harbor and were underway to Korea and started combat air operations on January 21. On January 29, 1953, during a “night heckler mission” Lt. Francis Coleman Anderson and a crewman were declared missing in action. Although there was a “comprehensive search,” no information was revealed about their fates. 

Lt. Francis Anderson was presumed dead and a death date was set on June 14, 1954; his body was never recovered. 
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