Compton in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
PFC James Anderson
Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
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.
Topics and series. African Americans • War, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list.
Location. 33° 52.878′ N, 118° 14.934′ W. Marker is in Compton, California, in Los Angeles County. Memorial can be reached from South Central Avenue south of West Caldwell Street, on the right when traveling south. The Anderson Monument is located in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery at the entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16701 South Central Avenue, Carson CA 90746, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 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); Pacific Electric Railway (approx. 4.7 miles away); Paramount Hay Tree (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Compton.
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
— Submitted January 19, 2013.
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