PEORIA - Congressman Darin LaHood presented James Anderson of Morton, Illinois, with various replacement medals, including the prestigious Silver Star Medal on Monday at LaHood's Peoria district office.
The Silver Star medal is the United States military's third-highest personal decoration for valor in combat. Anderson is a Korean War veteran, having served in the infantry. Prior to enlisting, he was employed by Meyer Manufacturing and attended Morton High School. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army in January of 1951. He served with Bravo Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division during his ten month tour in Korea.
Anderson's wife, Alice, was in attendance.
At 22-years-old, Anderson was awarded the Silver Star for heroic combat action near Mandae-Ri, Korea in September 1951. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in March 1952 and was honorably discharged in October 1952
Near Mandae-Ri in Korea, Anderson’s squad was engaged with enemy combatants which had the stronghold enemy position on a hilltop. They attempted to retreat from the enemy element and his squad ran out of ammunition. Anderson stayed behind during their retreat to defend his fellow squad members, armed only with a rifle and hand grenades.
Once he ran out of ammunition, he fought off and held the enemy in their position by himself with only hand grenades left on him. Once his squad reorganized and reloaded, they met back up with Anderson and advanced toward their position and defeated the enemy.
Anderson’s citation credits him for saving the lives of many of his comrades.
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