Capt. Graham H. “Andy” Andrews (Ret.) will be laid to rest with his wife, Marjorie, at the Sacramento Valley Veterans National Cemetery, where he will receive full military honors. Mr. Andrews quietly passed away after a brief illness May 21 in Grass Valley. He was 87.
Mr. Andrews was born Jan. 25, 1920, at home, to Hazel Graham and Harold Andrews in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
In August 1936, he enlisted in the Iowa State National Guard and in August 1939 enlisted in the regular United States Army to serve with the 14th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Andrews didn’t get along with the horses and so he transferred to the Philippines in July 1940 to serve as a medic at Sternberg General Hospital in Bataan. At the outbreak of the war in the Pacific, he was captured in Bataan but escaped to Corregidor while participating in the “Bataan Death March.”
Mr. Andrews was captured again May 6, 1942, with the fall of Corregidor to the Japanese. He was interned during the war in Corregidor, Cabanatuan, Bilibid, Fukuoku and Jinsen (Inchon), Korea. He was then transported to Moji, Japan on the “Hell-Ships.” On Sept. 9, 1945, Mr. Andrews was liberated by American Forces at Inchon, Korea.
After liberation and discharge as a staff sergeant, Mr. Andrews met and married Marjorie Marie Kane. He then re-enlisted in the U.S. Army, attended Infantry OCS and, subsequently, served as a lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne. After he was promoted to captain, he volunteered for the 10th Special Forces Group, where he tested his skills in skydiving and glider flight. During the Korean conflict, Mr. Andrews was a participant in the United Nations Partisan Forces in Korea.
He retired from the U.S. Army in 1959 and was employed by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Department of the Army. While a civil servant, he served in Guam, Pearl Harbor and Frankfurt, Germany and at the White Sands Missile Range and NAS Lemoore.
Mr. Andrews retired in 1978 and perfected his golf game, traveled the world with his wife and volunteered his services to numerous organizations while residing in north San Diego County.
Mr. Andrews was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3795, Special Forces Association, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Military Officers Association of America and National Association of Retired Federal Employees. While living in Grass Valley, he was associated with American Legion Post 0130.
Mr. Andrews is survived by his daughter, Nina Bigley; son-in-law, Rick; grandson, Sean and his wife, Christy; granddaughter, Genevieve; and great-grandchildren Saffron, Joeseph and Sadie. He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 60 years, Marjorie, Nov. 6, 2005.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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