One Tampa woman has worked tirelessly for nearly two decades to help the families of fallen service members find something they need to be at peace.
“It’s so much research, I had to break it into two binders,” said Tonja Anderson-Dell as she carried two full three-ring binders to her coffee table.
Since 1999, she has been writing, and researching, and hoping.
“I look at him and I just want to know what type of soldier he was. What type of person he would have been. What type of grandfather he would have been?” she said looking at a framed photograph of her grandfather, Airman Isaac William Anderson. He was one of 52 servicemen killed when their military plane crashed into a mountain during a snowstorm in 1952. They were on their way to Anchorage, Alaska.
“Well, speed it up to me writing all of my letters in 1999, to fighting, and then 2012, a Blackhawk team during a training mission spotted something on a glacier. And we now are where we are today,” Anderson-Dell said.