ANDERSON, BEAUFORT T.
Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant,
U.S. Army, 381st Infantry, 96th Infantry Division. Place and date: Okinawa, 13
April 1945. Entered service at: Soldiers Grove, Wis. Birth: Eagle, Wis. G.O.
No.: 63, 27 June 1946.
He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. When
a powerfully conducted predawn Japanese counterattack struck his unit's flank, he ordered
his men to take cover in an old tomb, and then, armed only with a carbine, faced the
onslaught alone. After emptying 1 magazine at pointblank range into the screaming
attackers, he seized an enemy mortar dud and threw it back among the charging Japs,
killing several as it burst. Securing a box of mortar shells, he extracted the safety
pins, banged the bases upon a rock to arm them and proceeded alternately to hurl shells
and fire his piece among the fanatical foe, finally forcing them to withdraw. Despite the
protests of his comrades, and bleeding profusely from a severe shrapnel wound, he made his
way to his company commander to report the action. T/Sgt. Anderson's intrepid conduct in
the face of overwhelming odds accounted for 25 enemy killed and several machineguns and
knee mortars destroyed, thus single-handedly removing a serious threat to the company's