Lt. Col Anderson
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Affiliations United States Army 2nd Rangers Battalion
Birth approx. 1900
Death Unknown
Weapon Presumably Colt .45 pistol

Lieutenant Colonel Anderson is a minor character in the film Saving Private Ryan. He is the commander of the 2nd Rangers Battalion. He gave the order for Captain Miller to go find Private James Francis Ryan.


On D-day he would most likely have been on the ships away from the battle like most of the commanders of the different battalions and divisions. He would have only seen the later part of combat when most of the fighting was done and they were rounding up German soldiers.

Shortly after D-day, he ordered Miller to take out towed 88s and three different areas around the villages surrounding the beach. He asked for how many casualties it took to take them to which Miller replied "35 dead, times 2 wounded... They just didn't want to give up those 88s". Anderson then replied "It was a tough assignment, that's why you got it".

He then called Miller by his first name, almost sympathetically, and then proceeded to tell him of another assignment he had for him; to find Private Ryan.

This was the only time he was seen in the film.


  • Lt. Col Anderson wasn't the commander of the 2nd Rangers Battalion. In reality, it was actually Lt. Col Rudder.
  • Anderson is present during only one of two times in the entire film where Captain Miller swears. This is shown when he is explaining the mine troubles they faced when trying to flank the enemy. He lists several different mines then says, after listing a certain mine, "the little bastards the mine detectors don't pick up". The second time is when Capt. Miller takes Jacqueline away from Pvt. Caparzo and states "We aren't here to do the decent thing, we're here to follow fucking orders!" right before Pvt. Caparzo is shot by the sniper.

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