b. 10/11/1875 Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory. d. 23/01/1966 Ripon, Wisconsin.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 13/05/1899 Philippines.
Anders was born in Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory, in what is now Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, North Dakota. His father, formerly a Union Army soldier died of complications related to his wounds in 1890, and Anders, at age 15 began work with the Northern Pacific Railroad and became a machinist.
In 1894 Anders enlisted in the National Guard and after starting his second enlistment was deployed to the Philippines. After returning to the United States in 1899, he worked for mining interests and in 1902, armed with only a seventh grade education and a few months at Dakota Business College (1895), he decided to attend Ripon College and after graduation in 1906 he became the first person awarded a scholarship by the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he studied Civil Engineering and was initiated into Acacia Fraternity in 1907, and was chief engineer with Utah Smelting Corporation from 1909 until 1920. In 1918, he was commissioned a Captain in the Corps of Engineers and stationed in Fort Dodge, Iowa. In 1919 he was transferred to Fort Riley where he was in charge of hospitals and also served in Washington, D.C. and at the Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan. Major Anders died in 1966, and was the oldest surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor at his death.
With 11 other scouts, without waiting for the supporting battalion to aid them or to get into a position to do so, charged over a distance of about 150 yards (140 m) and completely routed about 300 of the enemy who were in line and in a position that could only be carried by a frontal attack.
BURIAL LOCATION: HILLSIDE CEMETERY, RIPON, WISCONSIN.
LOT SE, 7-7E, GRAVE 5