CPL William Thomas Anderson

CPL William Thomas Anderson

Prince William County, Virginia, USA
Death 7 Dec 1941 (aged 19)
Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 44795772 · View Source
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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal William Thomas Anderson, United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 19th Transportation Squadron, HAWAIIAN Air Force, in ground action against enemy forces on 7 December 1941, during the Japanese attack on Hickam Field, Territory of Hawaii. While on duty as a radio operator Corporal Anderson voluntarily obtained a sub-machine gun and with utter disregard for his own safety took position in the open field without cover and continued to fire at enemy planes which were bombing and strafing the field, until he was mortally wounded. His unquestionable valor at the cost of his life is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL William Thomas Anderson (3 Apr 1922–7 Dec 1941), Find a Grave Memorial no. 44795772, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by DaveVangsness (contributor 16959198) .