Sgt Elmer Leonard Anderson enlisted in the U.S. Army on 4 Apr 1918 at St. James, Minnesota with the rank of Private in the "F.A.R.D." section of the National Army, identification number 2691331. He was assigned initially for 3 months to the Motor School at Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sgt Anderson was en route from Cincinnati with motor cars to Camp Jackson, South Carolina (for embarkation to Europe) when he became ill and was taken to the Camp Lee Base Hospital near Petersburg, Virginia. He died in service 5 Aug 1918. Cause of death was Lobar Pneumonia; most likely he was a victim of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. Elmer was promoted posthumously to Sergeant with date of rank 4 Aug 1918. He is buried with his family in Mount Hope Cemetery in Saint James, Minnesota.
Sgt Anderson answered the call and, though not a battle casualty, laid down his life for his country.