Summary

After being killed in action, Anderson became the first African American Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 1
Birth:
22 Jan 1947 1
Los Angeles, California 2
Death:
28 Feb 1967 1
Quang Tri Province, Vietnam 3
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Full Name:
James Anderson, Jr 1
Birth:
22 Jan 1947 1
Los Angeles, California 2
Male 1
Death:
28 Feb 1967 1
Quang Tri Province, Vietnam 2
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 1
Age at Death: 20 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 28 Feb 1967 1
Casualty Location: 5km NW of Cam Lo 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Burial:
Lincoln Memorial Park, Carson, California 2
Residence:
Hometown: Compton, CA 1
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Birth:
Mother: Aggiethine Anderson 3
Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 1
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Private First Class 1
Battalion:
2nd Bn 1
Company:
F Co 1
Enlistment Type:
Regular 1
Grade:
E2 1
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 1
Posthumous Decoration:
Medal of Honor 1
Regiment:
3rd Marines 1
Service:
Marine Corps 1
Specialty:
Rifleman (USMC) 1
Years Served:
0 1
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Religion:
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 1
Race or Ethnicity:
African-American 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 112 1
Panel: 15E 1

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MedalThere is a ship named after him  MV PFC James Anderson Jr

Thank you Marine for your service to this great nation and to our Corps....

THE WALL

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

 

 

First African American Marine to receive Medal of Honor

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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