Items on loan to the Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center in Del Norte, Colorado belonging to Dr. Vetalis V. Anderson that relate to the time he was a Prisoner of War after being captured by the Japanese and surviving the Bataan Death March. The items include notes, correspondence, etc. of Dr. Anderson’s, including his medical case notes for officers and men of New Mexico’s 200th and 515th Coast Artillery regiments, who were present upon Japan's capitulation in Fukuoka POW Camp #3, or had been there. It also includes his medical case notes for British POWs who were at Camp No. 3 from April of 1944 to September 1945.


Photo Courtesy of Dr. A. J. Taylor, Director, Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center, Del Norte, Colorado



Dr. Anderson served in the Army of the United States for 5 years (1941-1946) during which he was a prisoner of war for 3-1/2 years. He was awarded the Bronze Star from the US Army, the Bronze Star from the US Navy, the Bataan Medal from the State of New Mexico, and the Combat Medical Badge, 1941-1946. Dr. Anderson also received the Sikorsky “Wing” for Helicopter Rescue in 1958.


Dr. V. V. Anderson was born April 17, 1908 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Victor High School (Colorado) in 1926, and with an AB Degree from the University of Colorado in 1932.


In 1935 he was awarded a medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. From June 1935 - January 1937, he served his hospital internship at Denver General Hospital at Denver, Colorado. For two months in 1947, he attended the New York Polyclinic in New York City and attended the Cook County Postgraduate school for operative surgery in 1950.


Dr. Anderson died on April 26, 1967 in Denver, Colorado and was buried at Del Norte Cemetery, Rio Grande, Colorado.