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First Name: Elman

Last Name: Anderson

Birthplace: Tulia, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: Brownwood, TX
Middle Name: Adair

Date of Birth: 27 May 1923

Date of Death: 03 September 1944

Rank: Sergeant

Years Served:
Elman Adair Anderson

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Elman Adair Anderson

Sergeant, U. S. Marine Corps

Navy Cross

Elman Adair Anderson was born May 27, 1923 in Tulia, Swisher County, Texas. His parents were Frank Brolsius Anderson and Melrose Jones Anderson Alexander. He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1940 and attended Boot Camp in San Diego, California. He participated in the Battle of Saipan and the Marianas Operation. At the time of his death (September 3, 1944) he was serving with the 1st Battalion, 18th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.

Sgt Anderson was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.


The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Elman A. Anderson (290085), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the First Battalion, Eighteenth Marines, Second Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on the Island of Saipan in the Marianas, on 2 July 1944.
With a sector of the line pinned down by concentrated hostile fire emanating from a heavily fortified pillbox, Sergeant Anderson fearlessly advanced against the emplacement under cover of two riflemen and, while fully exposed to the enemy's intense barrage, succeeded in annihilating the machine-gun position and six Japanese riflemen. Immediately thereafter, when our hand grenades failed to silence the terrific enemy fire directed on corpsmen and accompanying riflemen advancing to care for the wounded, he steadfastly remained in his dangerously exposed position, hurling demolition charges into the area and providing effective cover for the evacuation of casualties. By his daring initiative, great personal valor and resolute determination, Sergeant Anderson enabled our troops to continue their relentless advance into enemy-held territory and contributed materially to the saving of many lives. His indomitable fortitude and self-sacrificing conduct on behalf of others reflect the highest credit upon himself and upon the United States Naval Service.

Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces: Serial 2945 (April 5, 1945)
Home Town: Brownwood, Texas

He was returned home from the Marianas after the war and re-interred at Fort Sam Houston on January 13, 1949.

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Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 315778   Created by: drjones46




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