Arden “Andy” Anderson’s “military career included the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, and sitting alert in Europe during the Cold War. He spent a short tour with the Navy, where he was able to fly off carriers — a feat he really enjoyed. He made many friends while on a tour with NATO (Italy) where he worked with officers from Turkey, Italy, Greece and Great Britain.
A special memory of his career was a flight from St. Louis, Mo., to Lewistown, Mont., in 1954 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, demonstrating how travel had changed during those 150 years. What originally took Lewis and Clark almost 15 months, Arden accomplished in three hours.
Andy was a member of the Super Sabre Society, those pilots who flew the F-100 aircraft, affectionately known as the “Hun” to those who flew it. He was also a member of the Caterpillar Club, a group which consisted of pilots who successfully ejected from a disabled airplane. He enjoyed telling the story of his successful descent (via parachute) into the French countryside.
In 1975, Arden retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel, and spent several years working in Financial Planning, mostly with military families, before taking on full retirement. He was an active Rotarian, enjoying golf, playing cribbage, watching tennis, and spending time with his family. He and Phyllis loved to travel and visited all seven continents at least once.” (1)