CPL Arthur Joseph Anderson

CPL Arthur Joseph Anderson

Winthrop, Buchanan County, Iowa, USA
Death 25 Jul 1944 (aged 28)
Burial Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 109159203 View Source
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Arthur J Anderson

WW II Killed in Action (KIA)

U.S. Marine Corporal Arthur J Anderson died while engaging Japanese troops on Guam July 25-26, 1944 at Third Marine Corps Division Asan-Adelup Beachhead.

He had enlisted in the Marines on Feb. 15, 1942 and took training in San Diego and South Carolina. He was sent to New Zealand in 1943.

He had seen action in Bougainville and Guadalcanal with the 3rd Battalion of the 21st Marines.

He received the Navy Cross posthumously.

Survived by mother, Erika, sisters: Edith of Los Angeles, Mable and Ellamae of Venice CA, Mrs. Sam Grimm of Cedar Rapids, IA and Mrs. Herman Anton of Dundee IA as well as brother, Scott of Winthrop.

Navy Cross Citation

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Arthur J. Anderson (374881), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the Third Battalion, Twenty-First Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at the Asan-Adelup Beachhead, on the island of Guam in the Marianas, on the night of 25 - 26 July 1944. Taking command of the unit when his squad leader was wounded during the initial stages of attack, Corporal Anderson led his men with determined aggressiveness against a vastly outnumbering force of Japanese troops occupying a hill on the right flank of his battalion's position, continuing the bold assault until severely wounded in both legs. Ordered by his platoon leader to retire from the fierce, uneven battle, but unable to move, he consistently refused all aid and, steadfastly holding his station, directed the orderly withdrawal of his squad and evacuation of all wounded, covering the retirement with continuous, accurate rifle fire until struck and instantly killed by the enemy. An indomitable fighter, Corporal Anderson, by his intrepid initiative, resolute fortitude and great personal valor, contributed essentially to the successful withdrawal of his platoon and aided materially in averting their threatened annihilation. His self-sacrificing devotion to duty in the face of certain death reflects the highest credit upon Corporal Anderson and upon the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces: Serial 261 (September 20, 1944)


1916 - 1944

Gravesite Details

Re-burried APR1948 from the Marine Cemetery on Guam.

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