1LT Gary John Anderson

1LT Gary John Anderson

Death 19 May 1970 (aged 22)
Burial Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Plot Block 12
Memorial ID 67322150 View Source
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First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

1LT Anderson was killed in action in the Hau Nghia Province of Vietnam in May 1970. Gary Anderson was raised in Tucson as he graduated from Palo Verde High School in 1965. Two years later in 1967, he joined the Army and was commissioned as an officer in 1968. 1LT Anderson was a field artillery unit commander with Advisory Team 43 of the Military Assistance Command-Vietnam. 1LT Anderson was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal and two Purple Hearts.

(Source: Tucson Daily Citizen, May 22, 1970)

His name is located on the Wall at Panel W10, Line 63


Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Gary John Anderson, United States Army, for gallantry in action on 19 May 1970, while serving as a Mobile Advisory Team Leader, Advisory Team 43, United States Advisory Group, III Corps Tactical Zone, United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. On that date, the 22 Popular Forces Platoon engaged an enemy force during a night ambush and then began an assault against the insurgents. With complete disregard for his own safety, Lieutenant Anderson repeatedly exposed himself during the assault to heavy hostile fire of the enemy. He continued maneuvering and firing until he and other friendly soldiers moved to within fifteen meters of the hostile positions. Realizing that he, his radio operator and his interpreter had become separated from the assault unit and that separation would hinder the successful accomplishment of the unit mission, Lieutenant Anderson elected to remain behind to cover the linkup of the American and Vietnamese forces. Under the continuing hail of enemy fire, Lieutenant Anderson maneuvered to within ten meters of the enemy positions, and laid down suppressive fire to cover the linkup of the two elements until he was fatally wounded. First Lieutenant Anderson's conspicuous gallantry in action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.

General Orders: Headquarters, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, General Orders No. 3074 (May 31, 1970)

Action Date: May 19, 1970

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Advisory Team 43

Division: Military Assistance Command, Vietnam

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