Anderson, 24, of Longmont, Colorado, died December 4, 2006, as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.Anderson was a Navy Corpsman assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
He first appeared for the press with Tina Wiseman about a year ago in June of 2013.The couple was photographed together at the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, Florida.Underneath whining jet engines near the rear cargo hold, baggage workers lifted the tarp on a cart, and the sailor swallowed hard.He checked to see if the name on the cardboard box matched that of his best friend.Anderson, of Longmont, as it is loaded onto a United Airlines jet in Philadelphia on Tuesday. "Well, unfortunately, it's not the first time for me," she said, "Not even the first time this week."Inside the airport, the P. system pumped out Peggy Lees "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree." A nearby group of passengers loaded up their ski clothes, readying for a vacation.
As Dragneff waited, a woman from the airline, her neck jingling with security badges, walked over and motioned for him to follow. Suit-and-tied businessmen with premier privileges watched as the sailor was led in front of them all.
They soon studied together, went to the beach, where Anderson surfed, and just generally hung out, talking about where life was headed for both of them.
Monday afternoon, the young sailor stood on the chilly tarmac in Philadelphia.
The last time Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class John Dragneff saw his friend was the same day Hospital Corpsman Christopher Anderson left for Iraq.
They talked endlessly that day, about taking care of each others families, about taking care in general. The two young men had met at field medical training school, and clicked right away.
When new hospital corpsmen are assigned to Marine units, the Marines may tease them as "squids" or worse.