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Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same
The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces
Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives
"War drew us from our homeland
In the sunlit springtime of our youth.
Those who did not come back alive remain
in perpetual springtime -- forever young --
And a part of them is with us always."
--- Author Unknown ---
God Bless You
21 August 1968
For his "personal heroism, extraordinary valor, and inspirational supreme self-sacrifice" on 28 February 1967 (which led to his death), Anderson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on 21 August 1968, making him the first African American in the Marine Corps to receive that honor. Later, the Navy ship USNS PFC James Anderson, Jr. (T-AK 3002) was named in his honor.
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