Saturday, January 07, 2006

Army Maj. Stuart M. Anderson

Remember Our Heroes

Army Maj. Stuart M. Anderson, 44, of Peosta, Iowa

Maj. Anderson was assigned to the 3rd Corps Support Command, Army Reserve, Des Moines, Iowa; killed Jan. 7, 2006 when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Tal Afar, Iraq. Also killed were: Maj. Douglas A. La Bouff, Capt. Michael R. Martinez, 1st Lt. Jaime L. Campbell, 1st Lt. Joseph D. deMoors, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chester W. Troxel, Spc. Michael I. Edwards and Spc. Jacob E. Melson.

Slain soldier remembered as a family man

DUBUQUE, Iowa — An Iowa soldier who died in a helicopter crash in Iraq earlier this month was remembered at funeral services Thursday.

Maj. Stuart Anderson, 44, of Peosta, was on his second tour of duty in the Gulf region when the Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed on Jan. 7 in northern Iraq. Seven other soldiers and four civilians were also killed in the crash.

Anderson was a member of the Army Reserve’s 3rd Corps Support Command in Des Moines. A welder, he would have been home this fall, his family has said.

Anderson’s funeral was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Dubuque. His family requested that no media attend the services.

Anderson is survived by his wife, Tori, and daughters, Kirsten and Keely.

After his death, friends remembered Anderson as a family man who enjoyed his time as a soldier.

“He was very proud of being in the military,” His father, Claremont Anderson, of Hoffman, Minn., said earlier this month.

Tim Showalter, principal of Drexler Middle School in Farley, knew Anderson as a parent active in his daughter’s activities.

“He was one of those dads who always attended parent-teacher conferences,” Showalter has said.

Showalter added: “He was an involved dad. You couldn’t ask for a whole lot more.”

Army Maj. Stuart M. Anderson was killed in action on 1/7/06.

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