|Harold F. Anderson|
|Captain Anderson Is Retired After 21 Months Service|
Harold F. Anderson, Medical Administrative Corps, U.S. Army, 440
Roosevelt Avenue, was recently retired from active duty with the U.S.
Army for physical reasons by an Army Retirement Board and has again
become associated with the Branstad Drug Company as manager of the prescription
store, located in the Union National Bank Building.
Captain Anderson first joined the staff of the Branstad Drug Company in the fall of 1926. He stated today that, after an absence of 21 months, it seemed quite natural to be back in his former vocation.
First commissioned in the Officers Reserve Corps as a Second Lieutenant in 1926, he was promoted to a First Lieutenant in 1931 and made a Captain in 1939. He was called to active duty in May 1942 and was immediately assigned as Adjutant of the Medical Department Group, covering the city of Chicago and the headquarters of the Sixth Service Command.
In addition to his assignment as Adjutant, he was placed in command of the Medical Department enlisted men stationed in Chicago and was responsible for all medical supplies and equipment in use there.
Captain Anderson is a graduate of the Medical Field Service School at Carlisle Barracks, PA, where he specialized in military training, military art, logistics, administration, sanitation, and field medicine and surgery.
In recognition of his work in Chicago and his record as an officer, he was recommended for promotion to the grade of Major. Later, he was transferred to an organization at Fort Riley, Kansas, from which place he was hospitalized and then retired. He still holds a commission as a Captain in the Officers Reserve Corps with nearly 18 years of service to his credit.
His only comment on his experiences was that, if all the people at home could have been with him where his official duties brought him in daily contact with officers and men coming or going from all parts of the world, they would never forget the sacrifices and ordeals these men in all the services are going through for them.
If the people at home would, in every way, show the service man that they are with him and back of him, this war will be won much sooner, he said. "Tell them, if they do not know what I mean, to write often to their service man and to buy bonds. The results will be apparent," he added.