Anaya, Fred, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
746-Automatic Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, HHC, 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1941 - 1944

Private First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Mar 04, 1944
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
World War II
Location of Interment
Union Cemetery - Bakersfield, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
1074 - 8

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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment
  1943-1944, HHC, 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1944-1944 Operation Flintlock/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Fred Anaya

(10 April 1911 - 4 February 1944)

Private First Class / United States Army
Company “B” 184th Infantry, 7th Infantry Division
Enlistment date: 21 March 1941.
Fred Anaya’s occupation was a sheep shearer. He lived with his family at 201 Monterey, Bakersfield, California.

On 30 January 1944, the 7th Division landed on islands in the Kwajalein Atoll in conjunction with the 4th Marine Division, code named Operation Flintlock. The 7th Division landed on the namesake island while the 4th Marine Division forces struck the outlying islands of Roi and Namur. The Division made landfall on the western beaches of the island at 09:30 on 1 February. It advanced halfway through the island by nightfall the next day, and reached the eastern shore at 1335 hours on 4 February, having wrested the island from the Japanese. The victory put V Amphibious Corps in control of all 47 islands in the atoll. The 7th Infantry Division suffered 176 killed and 767 wounded. On 7 February, the division departed the atoll and returned to Schofield Barracks. PFC Anaya was Killed in Action during this campaign.

Burial: Union Cemetery, Bakersfield, California. Plot: 1074 - 8

Brother: Leon Anaya Junior, WWII Veteran listed in the Honorary Mentions section.

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Fred Anaya, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy 3 on February 1944.

Private Anaya , an automatic rifleman, was advancing with his squad against strongly defended enemy bunkers and at the same time was assisting the advance of an adjacent squad to the right. As that squadron advanced on an enemy bunker in which satchel charges and grenades had been thrown, a large number of the enemy issued forth hurling grenades and laying down small arms fire.

Private Anaya, unmindful of his own danger and exposed position and though wounded by grenade fragments, held his ground and effectively returned the fire, enabling the squad to take cover without a casualty. He continued to return fire, killing a large number of the enemy, before he himself was killed. His self-sacrifice and devotion to duty were an inspiration to his comrades and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-Central Pacific Area, General Orders No. 129 (1944)
Action Date: February 3, 1944
Service: Army
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