Anderson, Marshall Judson, 1st Lt

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First Lieutenant
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1941-1942, AAF MOS 1055, 24th Pursuit Group, Interceptor
Service Years
1939 - 1942
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First Lieutenant

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Home Town
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Casualty Date
Jan 19, 1942
Hostile, Died
Intentional Homicide
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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4th Composite GroupUS Air Force
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 1055, 4th Composite Group
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1055, 20th Pursuit Squadron, Interceptor
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1055, 24th Pursuit Group, Interceptor
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  1941-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
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P-35 Seversky  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  
  1941-1941, P-35 Seversky
  1941-1942, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
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He showed great courage in attacking the enemy against heavy odds on Jan 17 & 19, 1942. On the 19th, he bailed out of his aircraft and then was machine gunned to death by enemy fighter pilots while descending by parachute. He was credited with 2 aerial combat victories. His body was not recovered; he is memorialized in Manila.

His DSC citation:
Awarded posthumously for actions during 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 First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Marshall Judson Anderson, United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 20th Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in action on Bataan Peninsula, Philippine Islands, on 17 January 1942.

Ordered to lead his flight of pursuit airplanes in a dawn reconnaissance of front line areas with the secondary mission of destroying enemy installations and aircraft, Lieutenant Anderson took off at the head of his flight directly into the face of enemy dive-bombers which were hovering over the flying field. The hostile airplanes were dispersed. Upon gaining additional altitude, he attacked and shot down an enemy observation plane within sight of an approaching Japanese bomber formation. He then led his flight in an attack on the hostile bomber formation, forcing the bombers to release their bombs prematurely and harmlessly, and to disperse. Observing an enemy truck convoy, Lieutenant Anderson continued the execution of his mission by leading his flight in a heavy strafing attack of the convoy. Although ammunition and fuel were now nearly exhausted, he led his flight in a successful attack on a second hostile observation plane, after which he brought his flight safely to its base.

In the same vicinity two days later, Lieutenant Anderson's flight was attacked by a superior force of enemy aircraft. He gave battle immediately, shooting down one of the hostile airplanes before he was brought down to his death in a hail of enemy fire.

Lieutenant Anderson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 12 (1942)

Action Date: 17-Jan-42

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 20th Pursuit Squadron

Regiment: 24th Pursuit Group

Division: Far East Air Force

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