LTC Matthew W. Anderson

Honorary Member of the Regiment

LTC Anderson is a life member of the National Guard Association of the United States, National Guard Association of Arkansas, National Infantry Association with Order of Saint Maurice, Army Aviation Association of America, Military Officers Association of America, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is a Founding Sponsor National World War II Museum and Founding Sponsor National Museum of the US Army. MAJ Anderson has 30 years of volunteer service in the Arkansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol where he currently serves as a pilot and Operations Officer.

LTC Anderson also serves as a Jumpmaster with the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team where he has performed commemorative jumps in Italy, Normandy, Southern France and the Netherlands. Depending on the location and the event LTC Anderson represents the 509th PIB. In 2014 he worked to have members of the Association Executive Committee attend the events in Southern France to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Operation Dragoon. He has also brought numerous uniforms, weapons and equipment he has purchased for the WWII ADT to various 509th PIA Reunions for static displays for the veterans to review.

LTC Anderson is the great nephew of PFC Jack Berger, who served in 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon, C Company, 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion in World War II. LTC Anderson began attending the 509th PIA reunions in 2005. In 2006 he started a website to honor the 509th PIB in WWII, One of the pages on the website is a page honoring the individual Paratroopers of the 509th PIB. Over the years he has compiled a list of men who served in the 509th in World War II and with the help of a researcher has documented their service online with official records and photos when available.

After a few years, the 509th PIA requested that the website be expanded and made the official website of the 509th PIA. The original site became a subpage of the Association site. On the site he provided news about the Association and its members, a page for the history of each era of the 509th, a link to the active duty units of the 509th, a link to the Association store while it was in operation, and a page with applications for members to join. On the site LTC Anderson display photos provided by veterans. He recently added a link to allow for online payments of dues.

In 2009, LTC Anderson was made an Honorary Member and Trustee of the 509th PIA. In 2015 he was additionally appointed as a 509th PIA Historian. He volunteers his time to work with 509th Veterans and families to record Veterans oral histories on the website and help families learn more about family members service. LTC Anderson has taken many trips with Veterans and family members to Europe to conduct private battlefield tours, research and participate in commemorative events. LTC Anderson has given several presentations on the 509th PIB in WWII and has contributed to several books on the subject.

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