Bernhard Anderson grew up on a farm outside Rollag, Minnesota. He served four year during World War Two. Before being send abroad he assisted the Army intelligence in drawing maps of Africa when planning the invasion in Northern Africa. Beceause he knew how to drive a tractor, he was detailed to drive a tank and at first became the tank driver of John K. Waters (General Pattons son-in-law). The crew was split up before D-Day and Anderson was placed with another tank commander. Beceause he was raised with the Norwegian language, which was somewhat similar to German, he often was send to talk to German civilians when the troops needed shelter for resting.
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