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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Cpl. Andy Anderson who was born in Fort Lewis, Washington on March 21, 1982 and passed away at the age of 24 on June 06, 2006 while serving our country in Iraq. We will remember him forever.

He attended public schools in Fairfax County, where he excelled in both Basketball and Football playing on the Varsity teams starting his Sophomore year. Graduating from J.E.B Stuart High School in 2001, Andy later attended Shenandoa University, before joining the Army in 2003. He was currently completing his first tour in Ramadi, Iraq. Cpl. Anderson was proud of his mission in Iraq.

Corporal Anderson's sense of humor and charisma were invaluable to those around him. He was always looking out for others with a quick one liner or something to make them smile. His ability to lift the spirits of those around him will be sorely missed. 

Corporal Anderson's decorations achievements include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Combat Action Badge. Most importantly he was a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

We don't want him to ever be forgotten.  This memorial website will be here to honor his life and his legacy.  Andy was a strong and dedicated leader, always willing to lend a helping hand.  Although he was only with us a brief time, we were truly blessed in his presence.  He constantly made us laugh with his sense of humor; now our cries drown out the laughter as we mourn our beloved loss of our son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, grandson, fiancé and dear friend.

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Tributes and Condolences
Beloved Son   / Xiomara Mena (Mother)
The angels came in the blink of an eye, I never got to say goodbye.I didn't know there would come a day, When you would have to go away. I guess I'd always just assumed, I'd have forever to spend with you. But forever came the day you died, Leaving m...  Continue >>
The other side   / Xiomara Mena (Mother)
The Other Side I'm over on the other side where life and death softly divide. Left my skin and bones behind now I'm over on the other side. Can you feel me there with you? My breath is gone but I'm not through. Loved you then and i still do from over...  Continue >>
Memorial Day   / Daren Payne
To the entire Anderson family and all the loved ones, friends and fellow Soldiers of CPL Anderson I just want to let you all know, as a former Steel Spike Soldier myself that you are not forgotten on this Memorial Day or any other day for that matter...  Continue >>
Thank you for your service!   / Aubrey Anthony
To the family of Cpl Andy Anderson, Today I was driving home and I was behind a car with a decal on the back of it that said "In Loving Memory of Cpl Anderson". Curious to understand what type of person puts a decal tribute on the back of the car, I...  Continue >>
I HAVE A PLACE IN HEAVEN   / ANETTE ORTIZ (AUNT)
Please don't sing sad songs for me Forget your grief and fears For I am in a perfect place Away from pain and tears... It's far away from hunger And hurt and want and pride I have a place in Heaven With the Master at my side. My life on eart...  Continue >>
Andy / Andy Is A. Hero (A Friend )    Read >>
Memories / Charles Smith (cousin)    Read >>
DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND WEEP  / Anette Ortiz (Aunt)    Read >>
THANK YOU !!!  / Tava White (:-))    Read >>
Missing you...  / Pety Lopez (Friend)    Read >>
To Andy  / Luis Ruiz (cousing)    Read >>
3rd year Aniversary in Heaven  / Xiomara Mena (Mother)    Read >>
Gone but not forgotten  / Montigo White (Friend)    Read >>
A Soldier  / Anette O. (Aunt)    Read >>
Heaven She Needs a Hug  / Anette Ortiz (Aunt)    Read >>
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His legacy
Andy's Legacy  
Honoring CPL Andy D. Anderson

We invite you to join us Friday, October 27 at 6:00 pm for a ceremony to honor Corporal Andy D. Anderson.

CPL Andy D. Anderson died on June 06, 2006 at age 24 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. His unit was finishing up work for the day building barracks in Ramadi when the area was hit by mortar fire - he and one other soldier were killed.

CPL Anderson, known in the area as a star athlete, grew up in Falls Church and attended a Seven Corners area high school. After giving college a try, Andy joined the Army and said that it changed his life; he wanted to make it a career, doing what he loved. He was serving as part of the Army's 46th Engineer Battalion from Fort Rucker, Alabama, and his twin brothers are both currently serving in the Army Reserve.

Andy will be forever honored and remembered by his friends and family as a kind, smiling soul with strong family values. While home on leave in May, he proposed to his high school sweetheart - the wedding was to take place when his unit returned. He also bought a dining table as a Mother's Day present for his mom. Legacy.com's guestbook dedicated to Andy contains many of the heartfelt emotions that embodied these and many other of the relationships he nurtured with people from around the country.

The post will be honoring CPL Anderson's life and offering a few mementos to his family. Some of his friends and family will be in attendance and speak to remember his life as well.

posted by VFW Post 9274 @ 10
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Cpl. Andy D. Anderson of Falls Church, who had starred in high school sports and had just become engaged, was killed in Iraq this week, cutting short what was described as a promising military career.

Anderson, who was in the Army's 46th Engineer Battalion from Fort Rucker, Ala., was building barracks in Ramadi when he was hit by mortar fire and killed Tuesday, relatives said. Another member of the engineer unit was also killed in the attack. 

Just a few weeks ago, Anderson, 24, had been home for a visit. He proposed to his high school sweetheart, bought his mother a dining room table for Mother's Day and impressed everybody with his self-confidence and sense of purpose.

"He loved what he was doing," said his mother, Xiomara Mena, who recently moved to Vienna from Falls Church, where Anderson grew up. "He was helping to reconstruct that country. . . . We were so proud of him."

"This is the best we ever saw him. He was the happiest; he had goals," said his brother Rafael Anderson, 21. Rafael and his twin, Randall, are in the Army Reserve.

"He was trying to do 20 years, the full term in the Army . . . because that's what really changed his life," Rafael Anderson said.

Andy Anderson was a 2001 graduate of J.E.B. Stuart High School in the Seven Corners section of Fairfax County and stood out in basketball and football.

He was among the county's basketball scoring leaders in his senior year, with an average of 14.7 points over 19 games, according to published statistics.

In football, Roy Ferri, who coached him for three years, called him "my best player." Although he seemed unfocused in his first season, he seemed to thrive on the discipline of the sport, and by his senior year he was "a real rock" and "played pretty much every down of every game," Ferri said
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NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense
No. 534-06 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 09, 2006
Media Contact: Army Public Affairs - (703) 692-2000 Public/Industry(703)428-0711
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on June 6, 2006, when their camp received indirect enemy fire during combat operations. Both soldiers were assigned to the 46th Engineer Battalion, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Killed were: 


Corporal Andy D. Anderson, 24, of Falls Church, Virginia


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Sacrifice Made in Name of Service
Family mourns loss of son, brother, fiance.
By Mike DiCicco
June 14, 2006


Corporal Andy D. Anderson, 24, whose family recently moved to Vienna from Falls Church, was described by family members as someone who thrived on helping others and who found a sense of purpose and direction in his work for the Army. His family said he had decided to complete a full 20-year term with the military .
Those plans were cut short on Tuesday, June 6, 2006. Anderson and another member of the 46th Engineer Battalion were killed when their camp in Ar Ramadi, Iraq came under "indirect enemy fire during combat operations," according to Department of Defense documentation.

His 21-year-old brother, Rafael, said Anderson was killed by a mortar round while building a barracks.

In his third year in the Army, Anderson had recently been promoted in Iraq to the rank of corporal and had re-enlisted for another four years, said Rafael. "I talked to his captain, and he said everyone loved being around him," he said of his brother. "He said he was a natural leader."

After a year at Shenandoah University, Anderson decided to join the Army, said Rafael. "That was where he found his calling." The military, he said, gave Anderson discipline and a sense of direction. Rafael recalled that when his brother visited home about a month ago, he was enthusiastic about the work he was doing. "I've never seen my brother so proud and so fulfilled," he said.

He also described Anderson as devoted to his roles of friend, brother and boyfriend. "He's leaving a lot of people that are going to miss him."

"His family was very important to him, and he loved his country," said his aunt, Barbara Anderson Harris, from Houston. "That's what he believed in."

Anderson's mother, Xiomara Mena, said her son had been a well-behaved, shy but curious child, and one who "loved helping other people." In the Army, she said, he had gained confidence as he earned the respect and friendship of his brothers-in-arms.

"He was just so proud to be a soldier," said Rafael's twin, Randall, noting that his father and other family members had exhorted Anderson not to return to Iraq. "But he was on a mission." It made sense, said Randall, only in light of the effect that combat had on him. "Each time he came home for break, he matured and he had more discipline," he said. "It changed his life."

He said he thought military service appealed to Anderson because "He loved to help and being part of something big."
"He felt good that he was doing something good for the people, rebuilding the country," said Mena.

She recalled that Anderson, a respected football and basketball player at JEB Stuart High School, was generous with friends and teammates, as well. She said he routinely brought people home for dinner and "always wanted to make sure everybody had a ride." His athletic prowess and friendly nature also made him a role model for younger neighbors, said Mena.

"He was my prize," she wept.

Collecting herself, she recounted her last conversation with her son, when he called at 4 a.m. the day before his death, fully aware of the hour but phoning anyway for a quick hello before his lunch. "He said, 'I love you, mom. I'll call you later,'" she said. "He always used to say that — 'I love you, mom, and God bless.'" 



Falls Church Soldier Had Hopes Of Turning Service Into a Career
By Leef Smith
Courtesy of the Washington Post
Thursday, June 22, 2006
He was a high school jock, wowing friends and family on the basketball court and football field. But despite the years of public showmanship, Army Corporal Andy D. Anderson had a shy side.

On leave from his post in Iraq, Anderson, 24, returned home to Falls Church last month with special plans. They were plans nearly everyone close to him knew about -- everyone except his longtime girlfriend Tava White.


Harold Anderson, left, and Xiomara Mena, partially visible behind him, the parents of
Army Corporal Andy D. Anderson, are joined by other mourners at a graveside service at Arlington National Cemetery

In a house bustling with family and friends, Anderson slipped away with White to a quiet room where he asked her -- his best friend since middle school -- to be his wife.

They emerged from the room engaged.

"He had a ring for her," said Rafael Anderson, Andy's younger brother. "He wanted to get married when he got back from Iraq in October."

But there would be no nuptial celebration.

Anderson was killed June 6, 2006, when his camp in Ramadi, 60 miles west of Baghdad, came under enemy fire. Family members said Anderson's squad was building a barracks and had stopped work for the day. They were packing up their tools and checking the area for construction debris when a mortar round struck.

"They were deep inside their camp," Rafael Anderson said. "It just shows you that no one is safe over there."

Anderson was assigned to the Army's 46th Engineer Battalion, based at Fort Rucker, Ala. Another member of the unit, Sgt. Carlos E. Pernell, 25, of Munford, Ala., also was killed in the attack.

Yesterday, hundreds of friends and family members gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to honor a man they remember as proud and humble, a soldier who wanted to make a career out of the Army.

"He loved what he was doing," his mother, Xiomara Mena, told The Washington Post shortly after her son's death. "He was helping to reconstruct that country. We were so proud of him."


As a student, Anderson was a sports standout. His senior year he was among the county's scoring leaders in basketball, averaging 14.7 points per game, according to published statistics.

After graduating from high school, he spent a year attending Shenandoah University. Then he enlisted.

"That's where he found his calling," said Rafael Anderson, who along with his twin Randall, is in the Army Reserve. "He just reenlisted for four more years. He told us he'd stay for 20. You could just tell looking into his eyes . . . he was real fulfilled"

Family members said Anderson was involved in building polling booths for the Iraqi elections last year and was disappointed when the structures were torn down.

"He was still proud of what he was doing," Rafael Anderson said. "He felt like he was making a difference."

In an online guestbook for mourners, family members left messages expressing their grief.

I "think about the things you said to me," wrote Randall Anderson. "You knew all along the Lord was calling for you. I know [you're] telling me right now 'don't cry no more Randy, toughen up,' because that's how you were and I will but I will never forget you and I will raise my son to be a man just like you because right now there's no man better than you."

Anderson's fianc?e also reached out online.

"There's not [enough] words to describe the pain that I am feeling," wrote White. "With Andy next to me there was nothing that I could not overcome. Even on my worst day, he made it seem like everything was okay. He meant everything to me, and he knew that. Though my baby is gone his memory and the love that we have for one another will never die."

Anderson's twin brothers both have deployable status in the Army Reserve. The family is trying to cope with the notion that they both might be sent to Iraq, too.

"I don't want [our mother] to suffer anymore," Rafael Anderson said. "But when duty calls, duty calls. Everyone has to respect that."

 
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