ANDERSON, RICHARD ALLEN
ANDERSON, RICHARD ALLEN (1948–1969). Richard Allen Anderson, Medal of Honor recipient, was born at Washington, D.C., on April 16, 1948. He entered the military service in Houston, Texas. On August 24, 1969, Lance Corporal Richard Anderson, United States Marine Corps, Company E, Third Reconnaissance Battalion, Third Marine Division, was serving as assistant team leader against an armed enemy in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. While conducting a reconnaissance patrol his team came under heavy automatic-weapon fire that severely wounded Anderson. He continued firing in an attempt to repulse the enemy and was wounded a second time. While a companion attended his wounds he continued relentless fire. When a grenade landed between him and the other marine, Anderson rolled over and covered the grenade to absorb the detonation. By his courage and self sacrifice he saved several Marines from injury and possible death. Anderson is buried in Forest Park Cemetery, Houston, Texas.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients, 1863–1973 (Washington: GPO, 1973).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Art Leatherwood, "ANDERSON, RICHARD ALLEN," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fanyy), accessed February 06, 2016. Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Modified on January 12, 2016. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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