Marshall J. Anderson’s Distinguished Service Cross citation

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 (ASN: 0-396368), 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.

Born 1 June 1915 in Sour Lake, Texas… Home of record: Oklahoma City, Okla…. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in July 1940… Gen. Douglas MacArthur presented Anderson the Distinguished Service Cross two days before he perished… Remains never recovered

Author: Chris Carter

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