Tampa woman works nearly two decades to bring heroes home

TAMPA — The nation just celebrated Veterans Day, honoring all those who’ve served and are willing to risk their lives for our country.

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.


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