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  PFC Robert Gary Anderson    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Bravo Company
2nd Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Robert Gary Anderson, who died in the service of his country on May 21st, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Booby Trap. At the time of his death Robert was 20 years of age. He was from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Robert is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 20E, Line 71.

The decorations earned by PFC Robert Gary Anderson include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

PFC Anderson was born in St Paul, MN and was a 1965 graduate of Bloomington High School. He is buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. He was survived by three brothers and a sister.

(His BSV Citation)

Award Of The Bronze Star Medal For Heroism

For heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 21 May 1967 Private First Class Anderson distinguished himself while serving with B, 2/35th Infantry as it was conducting a search and destroy operation near Duc Pho. Private First Class Anderson's platoon was making a sweep and he was acting as Pointman. It was his responsibility to check the forward area to insure safe passage by the main body. As the platoon moved through the potentially dangerous area he conscientiously checked every suspicious site, alert for any sign of the enemy. Unhesitatingly he moved forward clearing the way for his comrades, when he tripped a concealed mine planted in the platoon's path. Private First Class Anderson was fatally wounded in an effort to protect the lives of his fellow soldiers. His painstaking devotion to duty and abiding concern for the welfare of his fellow man are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.