Steve Andrew was born on April 20, 1914, in Girvin, Saskatchewan, Canada, and was raised in Dallas, Texas. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on May 16, 1935, serving as a Radio School Clerk, Chaplain's Clerk, and Sheet Metal Specialist before entering the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Corps on March 18, 1941. Andrew was commissioned a 2d Lt and awarded his pilot wings at Turner Field, Georgia, on November 1, 1941, and then served with the 7th Fighter Squadron of the 49th Fighter Group in the Pacific, where he was credited with the destruction of 1 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 1 damaged. Lt Andrew returned to the U.S. in November 1942 and then trained in the P-47 Thunderbolt before joining the 486th Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group in June 1943, and deploying with the group to England in July 1943. Maj Andrew destroyed another 8 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, plus 6.5 more on the ground while strafing enemy airfields, before being forced down due to engine trouble and taken as a Prisoner of War on July 2, 1944. After being released from captivity on April 30, 1945, he returned to the U.S. and then served at Luke Field, Arizona, from November 1945 to February 1946, and then at Selfridge Field, Michigan, until November 1946. Col Andrew next served at Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., from November 1946 to March 1947, and after completing the Air Inspector Course, he served as an Admin Officer with the 56th Fighter Wing at Selfridge AFB, from June to October 1947. He was a staff officer at RAF West Raynham, England, from October 1947 to November 1948, followed by service as Air Inspector at March AFB, California, from November 1948 to June 1949, and then as Inspector General and then Executive Officer for the 93rd Bomb Wing at Castle AFB, California, from June 1949 to November 1950. Col Andrew served as the commander of the 12th Air Base Group at Turner AFB, Georgia, and then at Bergstrom AFB, Texas, from November 1950 until he left active duty on February 12, 1951. Steve Andrew died on October 13, 1973, and was buried at the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery in Lompoc, California. During World War II, Col Andrew flew 134 combat missions in the Southwest Pacific Area and the European Theater of Operations, destroying a total of 9 enemy aircraft in the air plus 1 damaged, and 6.5 on the ground.
His Silver Star Citation reads:
For gallantry in action in the Darwin Area, Northern territory, Australia, on 27 April 1942. Shooting down one Zero and parachuting from damaged plane 5 miles from shore.