HARRY W ANDERSON JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 41W, LINE 28 OF THE WALL

HARRY WILLIAM ANDERSON JR

WALL NAME

HARRY W ANDERSON JR

PANEL / LINE

41W/28

DATE OF BIRTH

02/22/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

DINH TUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/08/1968

HOME OF RECORD

SOUTHBRIDGE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Worcester County

STATE

MA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR HARRY WILLIAM ANDERSON JR
POSTED ON 11.28.2023

Final Mission of SP4 Harry W. Anderson Jr.

On October 8, 1968, a U.S. Army OH-6A “Loach” helicopter (#67-16204) from Troop A, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 1st Aviation Brigade was conducting a reconnaissance mission near the village of Ap Phu Thuong in Dinh Tuong Province, RVN. During the mission, the Loach crew engaged enemy elements in a bunker which had pinned down friendly ground forces. Observer SP4 Harry W. Anderson Jr. fired on the bunker with his M60 machine gun, then expertly dropped three fragmentation grenades from 25 feet into the bunker’s firing aperture, providing relief to the besieged infantrymen. Enemy fire then damaged the Loach’s flight control system and the helicopter crashed in the Vam Co Tay River. Pilot 1LT David E. Taylor was rescued by the ground unit’s Battalion Commander; however, Anderson was drowned in the crash. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal for action in battle that day. Three months later, on January 20, 1969, both Taylor and the Battalion Commander, MAJ Richard K. Zimmerman, were killed when their OH-6A was shot down in Binh Duong Province. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vhpa.org, and SP4 Anderson’s Silver Star citation]
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POSTED ON 4.3.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

As long as you are remembered you will never die....
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POSTED ON 9.5.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SPECIALIST 4TH CLASS ANDERSON.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A HUEY - UH-1 HELICOPTER REPAIRER. TODAY IS LABOR DAY - WHAT BETTER DAY TO THANK THOSE OF YOU WHO MADE CELEBRATING POSSIBLE - REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 10.8.2015
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Silver Star Citation

Harry William Anderson
Date of birth: February 22, 1948
Date of death: October 8, 1968
Place of Birth: Massachusetts, Southbridge
Home of record: Southbridge Massachusetts
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 Specialist Fourth Class Harry William Anderson (ASN: RA-11961333), United States Army, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force while serving with Troop A, 3d Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 1st Aviation Brigade. Specialist Fourth Class Anderson distinguished himself while serving as a scout aerial observer during a combat operation near the village of Ap Phu Thuong. During furious engagement with an enemy force, Specialist Anderson spotted an enemy machinegun firing from a fortified bunker. The fire from this position had pinned down a friendly infantry platoon. He courageously directed the aircraft to the front of the bunker and placed himself outside the ship's door and directly in the line of fire. With total disregard for his own safety, Specialist Anderson placed accurate fire upon the enemy position, killing the enemy gunner and silencing the machinegun. He placed three fragmentation grenades through the firing aperture of the enemy's stronghold from a height of 25 feet. As a result, the bunker and three enemy positions were destroyed and friendly casualties were greatly reduced. Shortly after this courageous performance, Specialist Fourth Class Anderson was killed in battle. His action 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 No. 7433 (November 7, 1968)

Action Date: October 8, 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

Company: Troop A

Battalion: 3d Squadron

Regiment: 17th Cavalry, 1st Aviation Brigade
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POSTED ON 1.15.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering an American Hero

Dear SP4 Harry William Anderson Jr, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you 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. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.

With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.

Curt Carter

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