Anderson, Beauford T., T/Sgt

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Technical Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
566-Duty NCO
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1946, 96th Infantry Division

Technical Sergeant


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Home State
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Beauford Theodore Anderson
July 6, 1922(1922-07-06) – November 7, 1996 (aged 74)
Place of birth Eagle River, Wisconsin
Place of death Salinas, California
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1942-
Rank Technical Sergeant
Unit 381st Infantry, 96th Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Medal of Honor


Beauford Theodore Anderson (July 6, 1922 – November 7, 1996), a native of Wisconsin, was a United States Army soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism on April 13, 1945 during the Second World War.



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 Early life


Anderson was born on July 6, 1922 in Eagle River, Wisconsin.



 Military service


Enlisting in the United States Army in 1942, he was assigned to the 96th Infantry Division and was shipped off to the Pacific Theater in July 1944. Anderson was awarded the Bronze Star for actions during the Invasion of the Philippines. He earned the Medal of Honor during the battle of Kakazu Ridge on Okinawa. He served in the Army Reserve after the war and ended his career with a medical retirement with the rank of Second Lieutenant.[1][2]



 Medal of Honor citation


He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. When a powerfully conducted predawn Japanese counterattack struck his unit's flank, he ordered his men to take cover in an old tomb, and then, armed only with a carbine, faced the onslaught alone. After emptying 1 magazine at pointblank range into the screaming attackers, he seized an enemy mortar dud and threw it back among the charging Japs, killing several as it burst. Securing a box of mortar shells, he extracted the safety pins, banged the bases upon a rock to arm them and proceeded alternately to hurl shells and fire his piece among the fanatical foe, finally forcing them to withdraw. Despite the protests of his comrades, and bleeding profusely from a severe shrapnel wound, he made his way to his company commander to report the action. T/Sgt. Anderson's intrepid conduct in the face of overwhelming odds accounted for 25 enemy killed and several machineguns and knee mortars destroyed, thus single-handedly removing a serious threat to the company's flank.[3]



 Post War years


On returning from the war, Anderson spent time in Beloit, Wisconsin, and Mackinac Island, Michigan. Ultimately, he relocated to Seaside, California where he served as mayor and city councilman and he was also a Monterey County Supervisor. He lived on a cattle ranch near Hunter-Liggett, California and spent the last years of his life in Salinas, California.[2]



 Death


Beauford T. Anderson died on November 7, 1996. His wife of 50 years, Phyllis died on December 23, 1996. They are both buried in Arlington National Cemetery.



   
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ANDERSON, BEAUFORD T.





Rank: Technical Sergeant

Organization: U.S. Army



Company:

Division: 381st Infantry, 96th Infantry Division



Born: Eagle, Wis.

Departed: Yes



Entered Service At: Soldiers Grove, Wis.

G.O. Number: 63



Date of Issue: 06/27/1946

Accredited To:



Place / Date: Okinawa, 13 April 1945

 


 


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Citation


                 He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. When a powerfully conducted predawn Japanese counterattack struck his unit's flank, he ordered his men to take cover in an old tomb, and then, armed only with a carbine, faced the onslaught alone. After emptying 1 magazine at pointblank range into the screaming attackers, he seized an enemy mortar dud and threw it back among the charging Japs, killing several as it burst. Securing a box of mortar shells, he extracted the safety pins, banged the bases upon a rock to arm them and proceeded alternately to hurl shells and fire his piece among the fanatical foe, finally forcing them to withdraw. Despite the protests of his comrades, and bleeding profusely from a severe shrapnel wound, he made his way to his company commander to report the action. T/Sgt. Anderson's intrepid conduct in the face of overwhelming odds accounted for 25 enemy killed and several machineguns and knee mortars destroyed, thus single-handedly removing a serious threat to the company's flank.



 

   
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