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Raymond Holmes Anderson 98, a lifelong resident of East Greenwich, Rhode Island passed away peacefully on April 23, 2019 at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Raymond was born to the late John & Anna (Holmes) Anderson, on August 24, 1920. Raymond was the youngest of 12 children. He is predeceased by his brothers Carl, George, John, Frederick, Alex and Edward and his sisters Eva, Rose, Ester, Gladys and Ella.
Raymond worked on the family farm and was also an independent excavation contractor working for most of the major home builders in the Kent and South county areas.
In 1942 Raymond enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for 4 years on various amphibious landing craft reaching the rank of Master Machinist Mate First Class. He participated in the Allied invasions of Sicily, Anzio, Southern France and North Africa. For his service Raymond was awarded the Purple Heart, 4 Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, European Africa Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Point System Commemorative Medal.
In April of 2016 Raymond participated in the Rhode Island Fire Chief’s Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. where he spent the day touring the World War II memorial along with a variety of other military memorials in the nation’s capital. As part of that celebration his hometown East Greenwich Town Council presented a proclamation to Raymond’s praising his service during World War II.
Raymond is survived by a cousin, Warren Comstock of South Carolina and a nephew, Paul Dimundo of California as well as a host of friends and acquaintances.
In lieu of flowers Raymond is requesting that donations be made to the Lutheran Church, 9 New London Avenue, West Warwick, Rhode Island 02893.
A funeral home service will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 11:30 am followed by US Military Honors. Burial will be private.