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ANDERSON, RICHARD ALLEN

Art Leatherwood
Richard Allen Anderson
Photograph, Portrait of Richard Allen Anderson. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

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.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients, 1863–1973 (Washington: GPO, 1973).

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Handbook of Texas Online, Art Leatherwood, "ANDERSON, RICHARD ALLEN," accessed December 16, 2018, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fanyy.

Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Modified on August 29, 2016. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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