Anderson, William Thomas, Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 707-Radio Operator
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1941-1941, AAF MOS 707, 19th Transport Squadron
Service Years
1939 - 1941
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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Prince William/Quantico, Virginia
Last Address
Hickam Field, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Hawaii
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION 18 SITE 52

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 Unit Assignments
19th Transport Squadron
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 707, 19th Transport Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-33  
  1941-1941, C-33
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was killed while firing at attacking Japanese aircraft during the Dec 7, 1941 attack on Oahu, T.H.

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 Corporal William T. Anderson, United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 19th Transportation Squadron, 24th Division, in ground action against enemy forces on 7 December 1941, during the Japanese attack on Hickam Field, Territory of Hawaii. While on duty as a radio operator Corporal Anderson voluntarily obtained a sub-machine gun and with utter disregard for his own safety took position in the open field without cover and continued to fire at enemy planes which were bombing and strafing the field, until he was mortally wounded. His unquestionable valor at the cost of his life 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, Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 20 (1942)

Action Date: 7-Dec-41

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Corporal

Company: 19th Transportation Squadron

Division: 24th Division


 
   
Comments/Citation
Sources:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/44795772

https://ancexplorer.army.mil/publicwmv/#/arlington-national/search/results/5/CghBbmRlcnNvbhIJV2lsbGlhbSAg/

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/6291

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