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LCpl Richard Allen Anderson

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Birth
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Death
24 Aug 1969 (aged 21)
Quảng Trị, Quảng Trị, Vietnam
Burial
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Plot
Section 33, Lot 257, Space 1
Memorial ID
18074 View Source

Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Marine Corps in Vet Nam War as Lance Corporal in Company E, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery at Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, on August 24, 1969. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an assistant team leader with Company E, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy. While conducting a patrol during the early morning hours L/Cpl. Anderson's reconnaissance team came under a heavy volume of automatic weapons and machine gun fire from a numerically superior and well concealed enemy force. Although painfully wounded in both legs and knocked to the ground during the initial moments of the fierce fire fight, L/Cpl. Anderson assumed a prone position and continued to deliver intense suppressive fire in an attempt to repulse the attackers. Moments later he was wounded a second time by an enemy soldier who had approached to within 8 feet of the team's position. Undaunted, he continued to pour a relentless stream of fire at the assaulting unit, even while a companion was treating his leg wounds. Observing an enemy grenade land between himself and the other marine, L/Cpl. Anderson immediately rolled over and covered the lethal weapon with his body, absorbing the full effects of the detonation. By his indomitable courage, inspiring initiative, and selfless devotion to duty, L/Cpl. Anderson was instrumental in saving several marines from serious injury or possible death. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country". His Medal was posthumously awarded to his family at the White House by Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew on July 15, 1971. His name can be found on Panel 19W, Line 110 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.

Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Marine Corps in Vet Nam War as Lance Corporal in Company E, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery at Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, on August 24, 1969. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an assistant team leader with Company E, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy. While conducting a patrol during the early morning hours L/Cpl. Anderson's reconnaissance team came under a heavy volume of automatic weapons and machine gun fire from a numerically superior and well concealed enemy force. Although painfully wounded in both legs and knocked to the ground during the initial moments of the fierce fire fight, L/Cpl. Anderson assumed a prone position and continued to deliver intense suppressive fire in an attempt to repulse the attackers. Moments later he was wounded a second time by an enemy soldier who had approached to within 8 feet of the team's position. Undaunted, he continued to pour a relentless stream of fire at the assaulting unit, even while a companion was treating his leg wounds. Observing an enemy grenade land between himself and the other marine, L/Cpl. Anderson immediately rolled over and covered the lethal weapon with his body, absorbing the full effects of the detonation. By his indomitable courage, inspiring initiative, and selfless devotion to duty, L/Cpl. Anderson was instrumental in saving several marines from serious injury or possible death. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country". His Medal was posthumously awarded to his family at the White House by Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew on July 15, 1971. His name can be found on Panel 19W, Line 110 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.

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  • Added: 24 Oct 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 18074
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18074/richard-allen-anderson: accessed ), memorial page for LCpl Richard Allen Anderson (16 Apr 1948–24 Aug 1969), Find a Grave Memorial ID 18074, citing Forest Park Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.