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John Swift “Jack” Anderegg Jr.

T/5 in 3133rd Signal Service Co


Born 1924 in PA, Died 2015

County of residence at enlistment: Hudson County, NJ
Other residence(s): Colonia, NJ; Carlisle, MA; Buzzards Bay, MA
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: foremen, n.e.c.
College education before the war: MIT 1 year
College education after the war: MIT
Source: 3133rd Program, 15 Sept 1944; 3133rd roster from 10th Mountain Division Museum at Fort Drum; photo from MIT yearbook, 1949

John was born in 1924 in Philadelphia (per his draft registration).

He grew up in Colonia, NJ. His father had served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France in WW1, immediately after his graduation from Cornell, and his grandfather, born in Switzerland, had been a professor at Oberlin. [That info is documented in various sources in]

Went to MIT but did not finish his degree before the war.

Enlistment record (NOTE: birthplace is wrong in this version):

Participated in the Ghost Army Italian campaign. When he came home from Europe he used the GI Bill to study shorthand for a year at a secretarial school so he could take better and more complete notes when he returned to MIT! Graduated from MIT in 1949.

Was an "intuitive mechanic," a traveling salesman for American Wire, an engineer with Draper Labs, and an open wheel auto racing enthusiast. Later in life he also studied blacksmithing in North Carolina.

In 1955 he was one of the founders of Dynamics Research Corp, a technology/management consulting firm in Andover (and later in Stoneham), primarily serving the Department of Defense, and other government agencies). He served as President and Chairman from 1955-1986.

He married Hope Ingersoll in 1959 and they had 3 children. They lived primarily in Carlisle, Massachusetts, and he was active in Republican politics.

After her death he married Frances Garland, and retired with her to Buzzards Bay. He died at home on August 5, 2015.

This obituary provides most of the detail in the above biography.

The following link contains an excerpt from a document published in 1985 by the US Govt Printing Office entitled Climate for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the United States: A Silicon Valley perspective. Jack Anderegg is quoted extensively when he appeared before Congress' Joint Economic Committee.

This Boston Globe article from 1968 provides some detail about the performance of his company at that time.

1949 MIT yearbook photo

Photo later in life

Find a Grave record

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