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In honor of Sergeant Richard Anderson, Marine Corps - Served in WWII
Hometown: Burnsville
(Submitted December 5, 2009 by Marsha Anderson-Shearen)

Richard Anderson served in WWII as a Marine. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the Far East, storming the shores of Peleliu, and Guam. He was wounded by some flying shrapnel, but the line was too long to get it looked at, so he pulled the chunk of metal out of his leg and kept it. He never received a purple heart for his wound, the witnesses are all deceased. He says serving and fighting in WWII is one of the things he is most proud of that he has done in his life. When he returned from serving almost four years overseas he arrived in San Francisco and called home. He then found out that his father had passed away two weeks before. This was very difficult. He is the most honorable person I know the perfect example of the greatest generation.

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