DOB: February 16, 1923
Entered: May 1, 1950
Departed: October 25, 1968
Postion: Patrol Inspector

On October 25, 1968, Patrol Inspector Ralph L. Anderson was assigned to the international boundary near San Ysidro, California. He was working alone, checking the drag trails for signs of illegal crossing. Shortly after 4:00 p.m., Patrol Inspector Charles Thompson found Patrol Inspector Anderson in a Service-owned vehicle in a remote area near the Mexican border east of the San Ysidro Port of Entry. There was a bullet wound in Inspector Anderson€™s right temple and a 218 €œBee€ Savage bold action rifle inside the vehicle, with the muzzle pointing upward and leaning toward the decedent. An investigation conducted by FBI Agent Nicks revealed that the rifle was carried loosely inside the vehicle with the muzzle upward. A mark on a gearshift lever knob indicated that the trigger of the weapon had fallen against the knob. The impact discharged the rifle, and the projectile struck Inspector Anderson in the right temporal region. There was no indication of any other person or persons having been in the area. San Diego County Deputy Coroner Murphy concluded the mode of death to be accidental.