Wednesday, July 21, 2010


 Richard A. Anderson

Lance Corporal Richard Allen Anderson (April 16, 1948 – August 24, 1969) was a United States Marine who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on August 24, 1969 during the Vietnam War.


Anderson was born on April 16, 1948, in Washington, D.C. At an early age, he moved with his parents to Houston, Texas. He graduated from M.B. Smiley High School there in May 1966, then attended San Jacinto Junior College in Pasadena, Texas, for a year and a half.

Anderson enlisted in the Marine Corps in Houston on April 8, 1968. Upon completion of recruit training with the 2d Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, he received individual combat training with the 1st Battalion, 2d Infantry Training Regiment, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California, and returned to San Diego to attend Sea School. He was promoted to Private First Class (PFC) effective July 1, 1968.

PFC Anderson completed his training in October 1968, and was ordered to the Far East, where he joined Sub Unit #1, Provisional Service Battalion, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade.

In November 1968, he was reassigned duty with the 3rd Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam, and served initially as a rifleman with Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines. In January 1969, he assumed duty as scout and, later, Assistant Fire Team Leader with Company E, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. He was promoted to Lance Corporal effective June 1, 1969.

On August 24, 1969, while participating in combat approximately 12 miles northwest of Vandergrift Combat Base in Quang Tri Province, he was mortally wounded.


Medal of Honor citation
3rd Reconnaissance Medal of Honor Monument Ocala, Florida Memorial Park
The President of the United States in the name of United States Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to

for service as set forth in the following
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Assistant Fire Team Leader with Company E, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. 

While conducting a patrol during the early morning hours of August 24, 1969, Lance Corporal Anderson's reconnaissance team came under a heavy volume of automatic weapons and machine gun fire from a numerically superior and well-concealed enemy force. Although painfully wounded in both legs and knocked to the ground during the initial moments of the fierce fire fight, Lance Corporal Anderson assumed a prone position and continued to deliver intense suppressive fire in an attempt to repulse the attackers. 

Moments later he was wounded a second time by an enemy soldier who had approached to within eight feet of the team's position. Undaunted, he continued to pour a relentless stream of fire at the assaulting unit, even while a companion was treating his legs wounds. 

Observing an enemy hand grenade land between himself and the other Marine, Lance Corporal Anderson immediately rolled over and covered the lethal weapon with his body, absorbing the full effects of the detonation. By his indomitable courage, inspiring initiative, and selfless devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Anderson was instrumental in saving several Marines from serious injury or possible death. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the Department of the Navy. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country."

/s/ Richard M. Nixon



Amazing. What an incredibly brave warrior.

...on a sidenote, my kids attended San Jac. Small world, it is.

Senorita said...

God Bless men like him. So sad his life had to end so soon.

Ms. Anthropy said...

Small world indeed! I could walk to San Jac.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

what a brave hero.

interesting post.

red.neck chic said...

Good Texas man that one... he got here as fast as he could.

I love these posts.


Anonymous said...

A brand new look. I like it! It's DARK.

Betty said...

A man capable of amazing grace!.
Thanks for sharing this brilliant post with us, Kurt!

Joy always,

Heart2Heart said...


It never ceases to amaze me at the bravery these men show in the face of certain death that they never back down or question why they are there. God bless you once again for shining a light on these outstanding heroes!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat


I wish you'd tell your story[although I see it maay not be timely just now]. You're one of the bravest kindest and truest Christians I know.

I am glad you did not leave. There are not enough KW's here by far.

Send your anon coward my way[ I will traumatize the little shit like he has never been before] :)
Would you mail me please?