Oklahoma Casualties Database

World War II

ANDERSON JR, ROY LARUE

Second Lieutenant; U. S. Army. Home address: Konawa, Seminole County. Roy L. Anderson, Father, Konawa. Born December 17, 1922. Enlisted April 6, 1943. Decorations: Order: of the Purple Heart; Distinguished Service Cross awarded posthumously. Awarded Expert Infantryman, Combat Infantryman, and Good Conduct medals as an enlisted man. Graduated High School, Idabel, Oklahoma, 1939. Member of senior class at Oklahoma A. & M. College, Stillwater, at time of enlistment. Held commission in Reserve Officers Training Corps. Member of Methodist Church, Stillwater. Member Konawa Post No.70, American Legion. Graduated with Infantry Officers Class 323A, Fort Benning, Georgia. Served with the 84th (Railsplitters) Division. His citation accompanying the Distinguished Service Cross stated in part: “On 29 November 1944, in """""', when two companies were temporarily halted by enemy machine gun fire, Lieutenant Anderson, a platoon leader; though previously wounded, courageously moved forward alone, neutralized the enemy fire and killed at least five of the enemy. Still disregarding his own wound and despite enemy action, he carried two of his wounded men to safety. After moving his platoon forward, Lieutenant Anderson became the victim of artillery fire as he checked and bettered his men's position." Died December 1, 1944, at Lindern, Germany.

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