Anderson, Norman, MGen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary MOS
9903-General Officer
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Primary Unit
1969-1972, 9903, Commander in Chief, Atlantic Command, MCSF Joint Chiefs of Staff
Service Years
1936 - 1972
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Shellback Certificate

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by CWO2 Philip E. Montroy to remember Marine MGen Norman Anderson.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Virginia Beach, VA

Date of Passing
Sep 06, 2009
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs Service Allied Command Atlantic Commander In Chief Pacific (CINCPAC) USMC Retired Pin (30 Years)

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Shellback

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
MajGen Anderson retired from the USMC on June 30, 1972.  After his retirement, he was very active in the MacArthur Memorial Foundation in Norfolk, VA. for 28-years.  He served as Executive Director for the first 10 years and then as a member of the Foundation Board.  He remained a Director Emiritus until his death.

The General died on September 6, 2009 in Virginia Beach, VA.  He was buried with full-military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Other Comments:
MajGen Anderson was an aviation pioneer for nearly 4o years.  He focused on developing (and defending) Marine Air's team approach to the support of ground troops.  On Guadalcanal, he led th famous SCAT effort to resupply Marines on the ground at a time when Japan controlled the waters around the island.  In Korea, he led the air cover for the Inchon landing.  In Vietnam, he was one of the developers of the "Super Gaggle" concept which helped defend and save countless lives at the Battle of Khe Sanh during the 1968 Tet Offensive.  After his retirement,  MajGen Anderson went on to author a series of articles on close-air support.

"Amusing Historical Note":  In 1941 he loaned his good friend, Greg "Pappy" Boyington, $1000.00
so that he could go to China and fight with the Flying Tigers.  He later recalled that it was money well spent and that Boyington paid it back in-full and on time!
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 Unit Assignments
Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Pensacola, FLMCAS Quantico, VA MarForRes1st MAW
MAG-25VMB-423MCAS El Toro, CAMCB Quantico, VA
MAG-33VMF-323US Pacific Command (PACOM)National War College
MCB Quantico, VAHeadquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)Naval Flight TrainingMAG-11
2nd MAWHeadquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)III MAFMCSF Joint Chiefs of Staff, H&S Bn Henderson Hall (HQMC)
  1936-1937, 7599, Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Pensacola, FL
  1937-1940, 7503, MCAS Quantico, VA
  1940-1941, 7598, USMCR (Inactive)
  1941-1942, 9905, 1st MAW
  1942-1943, 7503, MAG-25
  1943-1945, 7503, VMB-423
  1945-1947, 7506, MCAS El Toro, CA
  1947-1950, 9905, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, VA
  1950-1950, 9905, HQSQ-33, MAG-33
  1950-1951, 7302, VMF-323
  1951-1952, 9907, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, US Pacific Command (PACOM)
  1952-1953, 9905, National War College
  1953-1956, 9907, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, VA
  1956-1959, 9907, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1959-1959, 9907, Naval Flight Training
  1959-1960, 9907, MAG-11 HQ, MAG-11
  1961-1961, 9905, National War College
  1961-1963, 9903, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1963-1966, 9903, 2nd MAW
  1964-1966, 9903, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1966-1967, 9903, 2nd MAW
  1967-1969, 9903, III MAF
  1969-1972, 9903, Commander in Chief, Atlantic Command, MCSF Joint Chiefs of Staff
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1951 Korean War
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Battle of Khe Sanh
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
 Colleges Attended
University of California, Los AngelesStanford UniversityNational War College
  1930-1934, University of California, Los Angeles
  1934-1935, Stanford University
  1952-1953, National War College
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