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SFC Victor Anthonio Anderson
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Birth: Nov. 5, 1965
Schley County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jul. 30, 2005
Baghdad, Iraq


Sgt. 1st Class Victor A. Anderson
Hometown: Ellaville, Georgia, U.S.
Age: 39 years old
Died: July 30, 2005 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Unit: Army National Guard, 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade, Army National Guard, Albany, Ga.
Incident: Died when a bomb exploded near his Humvee while on patrol in Baghdad.

A medical condition initially prevented Victor Anderson from deploying to Iraq, but he refused to stay behind. "He felt like not only was it his duty and his calling, but he wanted to be there with his fellow troops," said Col. Eric Bryant of the Sumter County Sheriff's Department, where Anderson worked as a deputy. Anderson, 39, of Ellaville, Ga., was killed in an explosion in Baghdad on July 30. He was based at Albany. He was deemed medically unfit for deployment because of diabetes. Determined to go to Iraq, Anderson lost weight, stuck to his diet and hired an attorney to fight the Army's medical board in time to make it to training in California. Four days before he died, Anderson e-mailed the sheriff's department saying he'd witnessed the July 24 explosion that killed four others in his battalion. "He mentioned how the loss of life was so regular over there, but he had a job to do and it was his intention to do it," Bryant said. "He was just a super dedicated guy. He wasn't one to run and hide." Anderson is survived by his wife, Ellen, and two children.

ANDERSONVILLE - It is always an emotional time at Andersonville National Historic Site when Memorial Day services are held at its National Cemetery.
The band performs, the honor guard fires a 21-gun salute and the bugler plays taps as the breeze ruffles the flags placed next to the white headstones in perfect rows across the green rolling lawn. There are nearly 19,000 of them now.
Veterans and ex-prisoners of war come to remember fallen comrades.
Family members of deceased veterans lay flowers on the graves of their loved ones. There are new ones every year, as veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam are buried in the hallowed ground that also holds 13,000 graves of the Union POWs who died in the infamous Andersonville Prison during the Civil War.
Sunday's ceremony was different, however.
The speaker was Lt. Col. Harry Steve McCorkle of Byron, just home from a new war. And within sight of the podium was the grave of a man he commanded in Iraq, Sgt. 1st Class Victor Anderson of Ellaville.
McCorkle, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry of the 48th Brigade Combat Team from the Georgia National Guard, recently returned from the unit's yearlong deployment to Iraq.
Anderson, 39, was one of four of McCorkle's soldiers killed by a roadside bomb last July 30.
A number of his family attended the service, including his wife, Ellen, and mother, Belinda Poole.
"This has been a very emotional day, especially having Victor buried right out there," Poole said after the ceremony. "I believe in this country and what he was doing, and I'm really proud of him. But it's hard."
She said she was moved when she went to Memorial Day services in the past, but nothing like Sunday.
"This is a different feeling. I understand what some of the others (mothers and widows of those killed in action) must have been feeling."
McCorkle said it was an honor for him to represent the 48th Brigade by speaking at Sunday's ceremony. But he said it was also very emotional.
"Yes, sir, a lot of emotions, especially since one of my soldiers is here," McCorkle said. "I was able to see his wife and mother before the ceremony, and I was glad to have that chance."
During his speech, McCorkle said he and Anderson had enlisted together 22 years ago, and had been friends all that time.
"He did not have to go to Iraq. He was excused for medical reasons but fought that decision and deployed with his unit. He believed in our cause in Iraq and wanted to be with his men. He was a great leader with us, and a community leader back home. Victor was a dedicated husband and father. He wanted to make a difference, and he did."
McCorkle said he lost eight other members of his battalion, and 17 more soldiers from the 48th died in Iraq, so he was honored to be able to pay tribute Sunday to them and all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country.
He said all Georgians should be proud of how the men and women of the 48th Brigade performed in Iraq.
"Our citizen soldiers were called on like they rarely have been before, and they responded extremely well," McCorkle said.
"We owe these brave men and women so much."


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Warriors Walk Memorial *
Liberty County
Georgia, USA
Plot: 153
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Record added: Jul 09, 2006
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Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. May you rest in heavenly peace.
- Kathy N
 Added: May. 24, 2015
In loving memory. May you rest in heavenly peace.
- Kathy N
 Added: Mar. 10, 2015
Giving thanks to those who served. Rest in heavenly peace.
- Kathy N
 Added: Nov. 27, 2014
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