ANDERSON, EDWIN A.
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Navy. Born: 16 July
1860, Wilmington N.C. Accredited to: North Carolina. G.O. No.: 177, 4
December 1915. Other Navy award: Distinguished Service Medal.
For extraordinary heroism in battle,
engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914, in command of the 2d Seaman Regiment. Marching his
regiment across the open space in front of the Naval Academy and other buildings, Capt.
Anderson unexpectedly met a heavy fire from riflemen, machineguns and l-pounders, which
caused part of his command to break and fall back, many casualties occurring amongst them
at the time. His indifference to the heavy fire, to which he himself was exposed at the
head of his regiment, showed him to be fearless and courageous in battle.