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SAMUEL LEROY AKINS

SAMUEL LEROY
AKINS
  • Wall Name:SAMUEL L AKINS
  • Date of Birth:1/29/1948
  • Date of Casualty:9/13/1968
  • Home of Record:LOS ANGELES
  • County of Record:LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:44W, 44
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NGAI

JAMES OSCAR ARROWOOD

  • Wall Name:JAMES O ARROWOOD
  • Date of Birth:3/30/1946
  • Date of Casualty:9/13/1968
  • Home of Record:CUMBERLAND
  • County of Record:ALLEGANY COUNTY
  • State:MD
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:44W, 44
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

CURTIS LEE ANDERSEN


is honored on Panel 44W, Line 44 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 9/13/17 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Curtis Lee Andersen
    Date of birth: March 6, 1944
    Date of death: September 13, 1968
    Place of Birth: South Dakota, Volga
    Home of record: Lake Preston South Dakota
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Warrant Officer Curtis Lee Andersen (ASN: W-3160033), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force while serving with Troop A, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Aviation Brigade, in the Republic of Vietnam on 13 September 1968. Warrant Officer Andersen distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving a the pilot of an CH-64 helicopter on a combat operation in the Republic of Vietnam. His team was assigned to screen around an advancing American unit and to assist in leading the unit through the dense jungle undergrowth. Having moved the troops several hundred meters along a ridge line, his team leader spotted an ambush position set up by the enemy. Realizing that their position had been exposed, the insurgents immediately started firing on the helicopters. Having been informed that his lead ship had been shot in the tail rotor, he rolled in and placed highly suppressive fire on the area. His quick reaction enabled the lead ship to escape without further damage, and enabled the ground unit to set up a defensive position. On Warrant Officer Andersen's second pass, an enemy anti-aircraft position opened fire on him, causing his ship to crash to the ground and explode. Because of his willingness to lay down his own life, he saved the ground unit from walking into an ambush. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

    General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders (October 14, 1968)

    Action Date: September 13, 1968

    Service: Army

    Rank: Warrant Officer

    Company: Troop A

    Battalion: 7th Squadron

    Regiment: 17th Cavalry, 1st Aviation Brigade
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  • ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS

    Posted on 5/29/17
    Yesterday, while visiting your grave, the feeling of real loss from not having you here to spend time with & to talk with was very overwhelming. I was only 7 years old when you died, but I still can & will always remember your gentle & kind demeanor & your infectious smile!

    Thank you, Curty, for the sacrifice you made for your family & this country.

    We all love & miss you so much!
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 9/13/16 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you Warrant Officer Andersen for your skill and exemplary courage under fire.
  • Remembered

    Posted on 9/2/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR WARRANT OFFICER ANDERSEN.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A HELICOPTER PILOT - UTILITY & LIGHT CARGO SINGLE ROTOR . ON THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND, IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THOSE OF YOU WHO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO CELEBRATION.
    REST IN PEACE.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/13/15 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear WO Curtis Lee Andersen, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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