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Special Agent Terry R. Anderson

Special Agent Terry R. Anderson
Killed in the Line of Duty, May 17, 1966

Special Agent
Terry Anderson

Terry Ray Anderson was born in Washington, Iowa in January 1924. He grew up in the farm country of Southeastern Iowa and followed in the footsteps of an older brother when he joined the FBI in 1951.

Anderson, the married father of two sons and two daughters, had already had an eventful life before he joined the FBI. He enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II and served for two years. Discharged as a lieutenant, he completed his college education at Drake University and became an American history teacher at a high school outside of Des Moines.

After joining the FBI, Anderson spent his first year in the Bureau’s Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio offices. He was assigned to the Philadelphia Division in January, 1952 and served in the main office for four years, before being assigned as a resident agent in Harrisburg.

Margery Anderson and her children at the
unveiling of a ceremonial plaque
honoring her husband.

On May 17, 1966, Special Agent Anderson was shot and killed while he and other agents and state police searched for a kidnapped victim and her abductor in rugged mountain terrain near Shade Gap, Pennsylvania. William Hollenbaugh, also known as "Mountain Man," had abducted a 17-year-old girl and held her captive for seven days. Hollenbaugh’s sniper bullet stuck and killed Anderson while he and a state trooper were pursuing the fugitive. The victim was later rescued and Hollenbaugh was killed.

A bronze plaque honoring Anderson is displayed in the reception area of the Philadelphia FBI office. Anderson’s son Michael, age 12 at the time of his father’s death, followed in his father’s footsteps and served 28 years as a special agent with the FBI before retiring in 2004.