Alfred Earl Anderson

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
07 February 1948 - 06 November 1967
Sunflower, Kansas
Panel 29E Line 035


Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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27 Dec 2007

According to eye-witness Dan O'Connor Alfred Anderson was probably the first casualty of "Operation Essex" in Antenna Valley. Taking the position of point man he and the squad worked their way forward until the ambush began. Just doing his job and duty to the unit is how I will always remember him.

From a cousin.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Operation ESSEX took place in the Hiep Duc Valley, about 10 kilometers south-southeast of An Hoa. The search and destroy operation resulted from information that elements of the North Vietnamese Army's 21st Regiment were in the area - and they were there in force. The operation kicked off at 8 AM on 06 November 1967 with Hotel 2/5 moving toward Ap Bon hamlet. The following exerpt comes from the 2/5 After-Action Report:

The 23 Marines who were killed in the action at Ap Bon (2) were

  • G Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Marines
    • Cpl Clarence W. Scott, Atlanta, GA
    • LCpl John K. Tooke, Willingboro, NJ
    • Pfc Ardenia Freeman, Panama City, FL
    • Pfc James L. Jenkins, Jacksonville, FL
    • Pvt Dale E. Shumbarger, Mattoon, IL

  • H Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Marines
    • 2ndLt Robert W. Miller, San Antonio, TX
    • Sgt Roy A. Gibson, Albuquerque, NM
    • Cpl Jimmy E. Floren, Klamath Falls, OR (Navy Cross)
    • Cpl Clarence Jackson, Leary, GA
    • Cpl Terry D. Williams, Donalsonville, GA
    • LCpl Alfred E. Anderson, Sunflower, KS
    • LCpl Bradford S. King, Clifton, AZ
    • LCpl Walter W. Lewis, Darlington, SC
    • LCpl Donald R. Ouellette, Wapping, CT
    • LCpl Robert B. Reed, Trenton, NJ
    • LCpl Paul F. Reid, West Roxbury, MA
    • LCpl Donald F. Sansone, Chicago, IL
    • Pfc John F. Atkinson, Syracuse, NY
    • Pfc Hayvard Dennis, Los Angeles, CA
    • Pfc John R. Novotny, East Northport, NY
    • Pfc Jose M. Santana, New York, NY
    • Pfc Glenn E. White, Wichita, KS

  • H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Marines
    • Cpl Ralf I. Saunders, Hobart, IN

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Dec 2007
Last updated 01/10/2008