NAME
Richard Troy Anderson
NICKNAME
MCSN
303071
HOME OF RECORD
Greenfield, MO
NEXT OF KIN
Parents, Loyd & Emily Anderson
DATE OF BIRTH
July 3, 1921
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 7, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
May 8, 1942
REGION
Pacific
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Coral Sea
CASUALTY TYPE
KIA
UNIT
Marine detachment,
USS Lexington
DUTY
Pointer, Gun #2
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Anderson was a member of the Marine detachment aboard the carrier USS Lexington. His battle station was in 5-inch Gallery 2 (port side forward), on Gun #2.
During the Battle of the Coral Sea, at 1122 on 8 May 1942, a bomb exploded in the ammunition locker of Gun #6, causing heavy casualties in Gallery 2. PFC Anderson was killed in the explosion and fire.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Letter of Commendation, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Lost at sea.
MEMORIALS
Greenfield Cemetery, Dade County, MO
Manila American Cemetery

Biography:
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Photo Gallery:

This view of Gun Gallery #2 taken during the afternoon of May 8 shows #2 Gun still manned in the foreground. The bomb impacted near Gun #6 in the background.

One thought on “Richard T. Anderson

  1. Comment from Andrew Hudspeth
    10 February 2014

    PFC Richard Troy Anderson was my grandmother’s brother. His brother William Andrew Anderson also served and gave his life for his country. His older brother David Anderson also served in World War II.

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