ROBERT D ANDERSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 27E, LINE 26 OF THE WALL

ROBERT DOUGLAS ANDERSON

WALL NAME

ROBERT D ANDERSON

PANEL / LINE

27E/26

DATE OF BIRTH

08/29/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

OFFSHORE, PR&MR UNK.

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/29/1967

HOME OF RECORD

CARMICHAEL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Sacramento County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT DOUGLAS ANDERSON
POSTED ON 5.31.2021
POSTED BY: Ron Eldredge

Honoring a friend

Hi Bob,
It has been a while, 55 years to be precise - Cal Poly freshman roommates. Although we spent a short 9 months together, I still have good memories. We went our separate ways: you took a break from school and I headed north to Corvallis. Eventually, we both were called to service. You ended up in an Air Cav unit as a door gunner in the RVN. On a fateful 9-29-1967, you performed an act of unselfish valor saving lives in a hostile landing zone. I believe those soldiers still remember you today. Enemy fire found its mark and you were fatally wounded . A Silver Star was awarded. A mother's son and father's legacy was lost that day.

Our lives started an early parallel. First, we were born 2 days apart in 1947. We both served in the Army. You in 1966 and me 1969-71. You were assigned to the Americal Div., Chu Lai RVN, Air Cav. I was stationed in the same Americal Div. Chu Lai, 17th Armored Cav. We probably walked the same Chu Lai dusty streets. On another fateful day, in 1971, I was wounded by a VC booby trap. A resupply chopper was overhead and picked us up. A kind door gunner comforted me enroute to Chu Lai. I know you were not an angel in school, but could that have been you looking over me?

Why did it take so long for this letter? My daughter was at the Memorial and asked me for a name to etch. I gave her yours. The only thing I asked was to share the etching with her 2 children. The etching symbolizes the hard price we pay for freedom.

I salute an American hero - Robert D Anderson.
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POSTED ON 3.23.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. Rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 9.29.2018
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Citation

Robert Douglas Anderson

Silver Star
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Army
Rank: Specialist Fourth Class
Battalion: 14th Combat Aviation Battalion
Division: Americal Division
GENERAL ORDERS:
Headquarters, Americal Division, General Orders No. 819 (October 9, 1967)
CITATION:
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 Robert Douglas Anderson (ASN: RA-18907476), United States Army, for gallantry in action against a hostile force as a member of Company A, 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division, on 29 September 1967 in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Fourth Class Anderson distinguished himself by exceptionally heroic action and personal bravery while serving as a crew chief aboard a UH-1D helicopter engaged in a combat assault west of Tam Ky in protection of two downed aircraft. As his ship was terminating its approach, it was subjected to large caliber enemy automatic weapons fire. As the infantry troops departed the helicopter, one was seriously wounded. Seeing the injured man fall Specialist Anderson unhesitatingly leaped from the aircraft and ran to the fallen soldier with complete disregard for his own safety and in spite of the close proximity of automatic weapons and small arms fire. His display of courage spurred two other infantrymen to race to his side and assist in placing the wounded man aboard the helicopter. While Specialist Anderson was returning to his seat, the aircraft was hit by automatic weapons fire which mortally wounded him. Specialist Fourth Class Anderson's display of unquestionable heroism in the face of a numerically superior hostile force was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Americal Division, and the United States Army.
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POSTED ON 9.8.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SPECIALIST 4TH CLASS ANDERSON,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A HUEY - UH-1 HELICOPTER REPAIRER. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 9.21.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Robert Douglas Anderson, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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