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PFC James Anderson

Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

 
 
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By Don Morfe
1. PFC James Anderson Marker
Inscription.
PFC James Anderson Jr. was born in Los Angeles California on Jan. 22, 1947. While living in the Carson area, he attended Los Angeles Harbor College for a year and a half before joining the United States Marine Corps in February of 1966.

PFC James Anderson Jr. was assigned as a rifleman in Company F, 2nd Battalion Third Marine Division in the Quang Tri Province in the Republic of Vietnam. In an intense fire fight with enemy troops on Feb. 28, 1967, PFC. Anderson was mortally wounded when he covered an enemy grenade with his body. In this singular heroic act, PFC Anderson saved his comrades from serious injury and possible death.

On Aug. 21. 1967, PFC James Anderson Jr. was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously by the Secretary of the Navy, Paul R. Ignatius.

PFC James Anderson Jr. was the first black American in the history of the United States Marine Corps to be awarded his nations highest decoration.

PFC Anderson’s personal heroism, extraordinary valor, and inspirational supreme self-sacrifice reflected great credit upon himself and the United States of America he gallantly gave his life for his country.
Interment Lincoln Memorial Park

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 33° 52.878′ N, 118° 14.934′ 
PFC James Anderson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
2. PFC James Anderson Marker
W. Marker is in Compton, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from South Central Avenue south of West Caldwell Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The Anderson Monument is located in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery at the entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16701 South Central Avenue, Carson CA 90746, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First United States Air Meet (approx. 1.6 miles away); Heritage House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Domínguez Ranch House (approx. 2.1 miles away); Robert A. Cinader (approx. 4 miles away); Watts Towers (approx. 4 miles away); Rancho Los Cerritos (approx. 4.2 miles away); Site of the Childhood Home of The Beach Boys (approx. 5.9 miles away); Officers' Quarters, Drum Barracks, 1862-1868 (approx. 6.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Compton.
 
Additional comments.
1. Medal of Honor Citation:
Anderson, James, Jr. (Killed in Action)
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, 2d Platoon, Company F, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 28 February 1967. Entered service at: Los Angeles, Calif. Born: 22 January 1947, Los Angeles, Calif. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Company F was advancing in dense
PFC James Anderson Grave Site image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
3. PFC James Anderson Grave Site
PFC James Anderson's grave is located in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery
Section M-6, Grave 23.
The grave GPS Coordinates are N33.8812 W118.2495.
jungle northwest of Cam Lo in an effort to extract a heavily besieged reconnaissance patrol. Pfc. Anderson's platoon was the lead element and had advanced only about 200 meters when they were brought under extremely intense enemy small-arms and automatic weapons fire. The platoon reacted swiftly, getting on line as best they could in the thick terrain, and began returning fire. Pfc. Anderson found himself tightly bunched together with the other members of the platoon only 20 meters from the enemy positions. As the fire fight continued several of the men were wounded by the deadly enemy assault. Suddenly, an enemy grenade landed in the midst of the marines and rolled alongside Pfc. Anderson's head. Unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his personal safety, he reached out, grasped the grenade, pulled it to his chest and curled around it as it went off. Although several marines received shrapnel from the grenade, his body absorbed the major force of the explosion. In this singularly heroic act, Pfc. Anderson saved his comrades from serious injury and possible death. His personal heroism, extraordinary valor, and inspirational supreme self-sacrifice reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    — Submitted January 19, 2013.

 
Categories. African AmericansWar, Vietnam
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 926 times since then and 145 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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