Douglas E. Anderson, who was born on May 29, 1920, resided in Lansingburgh, NY and graduated from Lansingburgh High School. On December 26, 1941, he enlisted in the US Army. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant and served as a radio operator mechanic (gunner) in the Army/Air Force. He served in the Asiatic Pacific for 15 months during WWII and participated in several battles and campaigns: The Air Offensive Japan, Luzon, New Guinea, Southern Philippines and the Western Pacific. He was decorated with the Air Medal for “meritorious achievement in sustained operational combat flights in the Pacific from August 28, 1944 to July 15, 1945″. He also earned the American Service Medal, The Asiatic-Pacific Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on December 5, 1945 and went to Ithaca College on the GI Bill. After graduation, and additional training as a physical therapist, he returned to the Capital District and worked until his retirement as the chief of the physical medicine and rehabilitation department at Samaritan Hospital in Troy NY. He died on August 10, 1979.