The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*ANDERSON, JAMES, JR.
Rank and organization: Private First
Class, U.S. Marine Corps, 2d Platoon, Company F, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine
Division. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 28 February 1967. Entered
service at: Los Angeles, Calif. Born: 22 January 1947, Los Angeles, Calif.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty. Company F was advancing in dense jungle northwest of Cam Lo in an effort to
extract a heavily besieged reconnaissance patrol. Pfc. Anderson's platoon was the lead
element and had advanced only about 200 meters when they were brought under extremely
intense enemy small-arms and automatic weapons fire. The platoon reacted swiftly, getting
on line as best they could in the thick terrain, and began returning fire. Pfc. Anderson
found himself tightly bunched together with the other members of the platoon only 20
meters from the enemy positions. As the fire fight continued several of the men were
wounded by the deadly enemy assault. Suddenly, an enemy grenade landed in the midst of the
marines and rolled alongside Pfc. Anderson's head. Unhesitatingly and with complete
disregard for his personal safety, he reached out, grasped the grenade, pulled it to his
chest and curled around it as it went off. Although several marines received shrapnel from
the grenade, his body absorbed the major force of the explosion. In this singularly heroic
act, Pfc. Anderson saved his comrades from serious injury and possible death. His personal
heroism, extraordinary valor, and inspirational supreme self-sacrifice reflected great
credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the U.S.
Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.