Warren Leroy Anderson – Colonel, United States Air Force

Warren Leroy Anderson was born on December 27, 1932 and joined the Armed
Forces while in Camden, Michigan.

He served in the United States Air Force, 16th TRS, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, and attained the rank of Colonel.

Warren Leroy Anderson is listed as Missing in Action.

There is a “In Memory Of” stone in his name in Arlington National Cemetery.

Name: Warren Leroy Anderson
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Unit: 377th Combat Support Group, Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam
Dte of Birth (DOB): 27 December 1932
Home City of Record: Camden, Michigan
Loss Date: 26 April 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Missing In Action Category: 4
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: RF4C
Other Personnel in Incident: James H. Tucker (missing)


Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 1998.




First Lieuenant  James H. Tucker was the pilot of an RF4C Phantom jet flying on an unarmed night reconnaissance flight over a heavily defended North Vietnamese anti-aircraft complex when all contact with their aircraft was lost. His backseater on the mission was Captain Warren L. Anderson. It was Anderson's third mission in Vietnam.

The mission was to photograph an anti-aircraft complex 15 miles north of Dong Hoi, North Vietnam. The aircraft was being monitored by forward radar units in South Vietnam. As the aircraft crossed a mountain range to descended on the target, radio and radar contact was lost, and could not be reestablished. An electronic search was begun immediately and a visual search as soon as daylight permitted. Nothing was ever found of the aircraft or its crew.  In 1973, 591 Americans were released from Vietnamese prisons; Anderson and Tucker were not among them. They remained Missing In Action.

Anderson was awarded the  Distinguished Flying Cross  for obtaining vital photos on an unarmed craft over the area where he later disappeared. Because there has never been any word of James Tucker or Warren Anderson, their families wonder if they are alive or dead. And, if alive, how much longer much they wait for their country to bring them home?

COL – O6 – Air Force – Regular

  • 45 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
  • Date of Birth – Dec 27, 1932
  • His tour of duty began on Apr 26, 1966
  • Casualty was on Jan 09, 1978 in NORTH VIETNAM
  • Hostile, died while missing
  • Body was not recovered
  • Religion – METHODIST

In Memory Of Stone Located at: Memorial H, Site 271

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