Anderson, Arthur Joseph, Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
521-Other duty (PFC/Private)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 521, 3rd Bn, 21st Marine Regiment (3/21)
Service Years
1942 - 1944

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Winthrop, IA
Last Address
Independence

Casualty Date
Jul 26, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Guam
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Mount Hope Cemetery - Independence, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
n/a

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 Unit Assignments
21st Marine Regiment
  1944-1944, 521, 3rd Bn, 21st Marine Regiment (3/21)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Guam (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was with, Kco 3rd bn 21st Marines
   
Comments/Citation
Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Arthur J. Anderson (374881), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the Third Battalion, Twenty-First Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at the Asan-Adelup Beachhead, on the island of Guam in the Marianas, on the night of 25 - 26 July 1944. Taking command of the unit when his squad leader was wounded during the initial stages of attack, Corporal Anderson led his men with determined aggressiveness against a vastly outnumbering force of Japanese troops occupying a hill on the right flank of his battalion's position, continuing the bold assault until severely wounded in both legs. Ordered by his platoon leader to retire from the fierce, uneven battle, but unable to move, he consistently refused all aid and, steadfastly holding his station, directed the orderly withdrawal of his squad and evacuation of all wounded, covering the retirement with continuous, accurate rifle fire until struck and instantly killed by the enemy. An indomitable fighter, Corporal Anderson, by his intrepid initiative, resolute fortitude and great personal valor, contributed essentially to the successful withdrawal of his platoon and aided materially in averting their threatened annihilation. His self-sacrificing devotion to duty in the face of certain death reflects the highest credit upon Corporal Anderson and upon the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces: Serial 261 (September 20, 1944) Home Town: Independence, Iowa
   
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