LT Lane Schofield Anderson

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Lane Schofield Anderson was born February 14, 1896 in Richmond, Virginia to Justin K. and Fannie Anderson. He attended schools in Mercer, Mingo and Kanawha counties in West Virginia.

He graduated from Charleston High School in 1916. He excelled in track, becoming the first West Virginian to run the 100 yard dash in 10 seconds. He was a student at West Virginia University for a short time before entering Camp Benjamin Harrison for Officers Training, later being commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He married Julia L. de Gruyter on February 13, 1918. They had one child.

Lieutenant Anderson went overseas as a member of Company G, 26th Infantry, 27th Division. While in France he served under British Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig. This company took part in the Battle of Argonne and broke through the Hindenburg Line.

The testimony of men who served with Lieutenant Lane Anderson attests to his bravery in battle after taking command when the leader of his platoon was killed. Under heavy enemy fire, Anderson left his safe position to lead his men to their objective and was wounded. Various accounts were given to his family as to the exact manner of his death. By some accounts he died shortly after, but other reports state he was captured and died in a German prison. His official date of death is September 7, 1918.

In a sworn deposition given March 5, 1919, Sergeant Harry S. Lynk, a comrade of Lane Anderson stated that during the initial stages of their attack on the Hindenburg line, two platoons of Company G lost contact. In order to regain contact, Lieutenant Lane Anderson, braving heavy enemy fire, did reconnaissance in an effort to locate the men of the platoons of Company G. It was discovered that they had enough men to hold their front line position. Captain Hardy, who had been in command, was killed and full command fell to Lieutenant Anderson.

Enemy forces were on both flanks and Anderson made the decision that the position should be “put out of action” in order to spare the remaining men. Sergeant Lynk stated that it was “sure death to show yourself” and related how Anderson “jumped up on the top Himself” while firing a rifle and “loaded down with bombs” in an effort to lead his men to a safer position. At this time, Lane Anderson was wounded by machine gun bullets. “For this and other acts of bravery,” said Sergeant Lynk, “I Know Lt. Anderson should receive the highest decoration that could be awarded by any government.” Sergeant Lynk, who himself had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in the same battle, believed Lieutenant Lane Anderson more worthy of recognition than himself.

Lane Schofield Anderson was buried in Somme American Cemetery in Bony, France. For his bravery, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously. The award was presented to his widow, Julia L. Anderson. A VFW post was later named for him.

We honor you, Lane Schofield Anderson.

(#Repost @wvculture.org)

PFC Marshall W Walter

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\He was inducted into military service January 7, 1943, at Huntington, WV. He was transferred to the enlisted reserve cops the same date, and reported for active duty January 14, 1943, at Ft Thomas, KY. He left the United States for foreign service September 5, 1944 and arrived at Cherbourg, France on September 15, 1944.

Marshall was reported to have done more than his share in combat with his comrades and tried to keep their spirits up at all times. He always had a smile and was very proud of being the first one in his unit to be a possessor of a purple heart, received for wounds in action in the European Theatre of Operations October 28, 1944.

He was killed in action November 19, 1944 in the vicinity of St. George in France, as a result of shrapnel wounds. At the time of his death he was serving Private first class, Co 1, 71st Regiment.

We honor you, Marshall Walter.

(#Repost @National Purple Heart Hall of Honor)

1LT Clarence N Aust

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The Battle of Heartbreak Ridge was a month-long battle in the Korean War which took place between September 13 and October 15, 1951. It was one of several major engagements in the hills of North Korea a few miles north of the 38th parallel.

Both sides suffered high casualties. Over 3,700 American and French and an estimated 25,000 North Korean and Chinese. These losses made a deep impression on the UN and US command, which decided that battles like Heartbreak Ridge were not worth the high cost in blood for the relatively small amount of terrain captured.

Among our casualties, was Clarence Aust on September 19 who was serving with the 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division.

We honor you, Clarence Aust.

(#Repost @Honor States)

1LT Thomas Martin

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First Lieutenant Thomas Martin died during combat operations October 14, 2007, while serving his country in Iraq.

Tom was born October 10, 1980, in Huron, South Dakota. He left South Dakota as a very young boy, went to school for a short time in San Marcos, Texas, and then graduated from high school in Cabot, Arkansas in 1998. That same year he enlisted in the United States Army completing Basic Training and AIT as a Field Artilleryman at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 2000, after an assignment to Camp Stanley in Korea, Tom was accepted for admission to the United States Military Academy. After attending the United States Military Preparatory School, Tom entered West Point in the fall of 2001. As a West Point Cadet, Tom started on the Rugby team, was a member of the Military Tactics Team, and earned his Parachutist Badge by graduating from Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Tom majored in Military Science and graduated with his class in May 2005. He was commissioned as an Armor Officer and completed the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Tom volunteered for Ranger School and graduated earning his Ranger tab in May 2006. He reported to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Richardson, Alaska in June 2006. Upon arrival, Tom was assigned as the Sniper Platoon Leader in Crusader Troop and deployed with the unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in October 2006.

He will forever be remembered as a man with undaunted determination who was fiercely dedicated to his men, his mission, and his country.

We honor you, Thomas Martin.

(#Repost @Pritzker Military Museum & Library)

LCpl Mark Ryan Black

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Upon departing for training, Marine Corps Lance Corporal Mark Ryan Black told his family, “Don’t expect me to write much.” Contrary to expectations, he spent much time in country composing both written letters and tape-recorded audio letters, communicating the details of what he was seeing, feeling, and experiencing. Speaking into a tape recorder allowed him to “talk” to his family, friends, and community back home; in his letters, he provided frank descriptions of combat and going on patrol. Stationed in Quang Tri Province with a Combined Action Company (CAC) unit, he was killed by enemy fire during an attack on his compound on August 14, 1967. His letters, transcribed by his mother after his death and presented along with 341 photos that he took in-country, eloquently document one Marine’s service in Vietnam.

Mr Black was killed in the Quang Tri Republic of Vietnam by a gunshot wound to the chest from hostile rifle fire while engaged in action.

We honor you, Mark Black.

(#Repost @Veteran’s History Project and National Purple Heart Hall of Honor)

SGT Ashly Lynn Moyer

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Moyer was killed when an explosion detonated the fuel tank on her vehicle, creating a fireball. Among the soldiers who responded to the bombing was Moyer’s boyfriend, Jake Wells, a member of her unit who tried to rescue her but was turned back by the flames and rounds of ammunition exploding in the heat. ”That’s what’s most heart wrenching to me,” said Moyer’s father, Michael Moyer. ”Can you imagine that? The girl you love is in there, and not being able to do anything.” ”I just talked to her last week,” her father said. ”They were coming home in June and planning two weeks in Pennsylvania and two weeks in Texas, where Jake Wells is from. They were coming here because he was going to ask me for her hand in marriage.”

Jane Drumheller described her daughter as a tomboy with a girlish side, as fond of dolls as she was of softball. ”She would always rise to the occasion.” She was serious when she needed to get a job done, but when it was time to have fun, she was a chuckle.”

Moyer then deployed to Baghdad and Moyer took an instant liking to her job as a driver. Her father sent her rearview mirror dice and other gag gifts to dress up the interior of the armored vehicle. On the exterior, she mounted a toy Incredible Hulk head, which other soldiers would rub for luck before missions. Moyer’s father said his daughter believed strongly in the American cause and had recently extended her enlistment for a year. ”She really liked what she was doing,” he said. ”The MPs over there are a very close family.”

Listening to SGT Ashly Lynn Moyer’s family recall memories of her growing up, one thing above all else comes through: Moyer may have been a woman small in stature but she was huge in heart. Jean Garrison, Moyer’s aunt and Samantha Straude her cousin held back the tears as they talked about SGT Moyer. “She always thought she was so cool in those sunglasses,” pointing to a photo Moyer took inside her Army vehicle. The women spoke of Moyer’s sense of humor, how she loved to make people laugh no matter how ridiculous she looked. Moyer was someone who liked to give to others and wanted to make a difference, and who chose joining the military as a way to do so.

We honor you Ashly Lynn Moyer.

(#Repost @Fallen Heroes Project)

1LT James Alton Gardner

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James Gardner was born in Dyersburg, Tennessee on 7 February 1943. He was recruited as a football player for West Point by Coach Tony Bullotta along with a number of other promising talents from Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas. He played plebe football as an undersized interior lineman/fullback. He was most notable for his humor, red hair and foot-speed.

Jim attended Dyersburg High School in Dyersburg, Tennessee where he was a star athlete, in the 4-H and sometimes a prankster. Janie Putnam, Jim’s 4-H advisor, recalls a time when rounding up the energetic boys after swimming in a lake observed Jim staying with his friend, Bert, who had reduced swimming ability. Jim accompanied the young boy safely to shore and Janie believes that but for Jim’s action his friend would not have been able to return to shore. It was a good thing Jim stayed with Bert. Burt returned the favor some time later by introducing Jim to his first cousin, Joella, the girl Jim eventually married.

In 1964 Jim joined OCS Class 4-64, 52nd Company (OC), 5th Student Battalion, Fort Benning, Georgia where he excelled in sports and military aptitude. He “maxed” the PT test … twice … and was an excellent marksman with the M-14. He was a star on the intramural flag 4-64 football team (football at OCS was anything but “flag” with the Benning games being just short of semi-pro) justifying the talent Coach Bullotta saw in him 5 years before.

After Airborne training Jim joined the 101st Airborne Division. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade in Vietnam. Jim was in operation Gibraltar and shortly thereafter organized and was the first commander of the 1/327 Infantry’s elite Tiger Force. He led the Tiger Force with skill and without fear or concern for his personal safety while always concerned for the safety and well-being of his paratroopers. On his 23rd birthday, 7 February 1966, Jim distinguished himself in combat earning the Medal of Honor while leading his Tiger Force near My Canh. Jim’s platoon sergeant, Phill Belden, wrapped Jim’s body in a poncho liner and then wrapped himself in one next to him and watched over his friend and leader all night until the medevacs were able to land in the morning. Jack Easton was not surprised to hear Jim distinguished himself as he considered Jim one of the most “gun-ho” OCS candidates on record.

The official citation reads: “1st Lt. Gardner’s platoon was advancing to relieve a company of the 1st Battalion that had been pinned down for several hours by a numerically superior enemy force in the village of My Canh, Vietnam. The enemy occupied a series of strongly fortified bunker positions which were mutually supporting and expertly concealed. Approaches to the position were well covered by an integrated pattern of fire including automatic weapons, machine guns and mortars. Air strikes and artillery placed on the fortifications had little effect. 1st Lt. Gardner’s platoon was to relieve the friendly company by encircling and destroying the enemy force. Even as it moved to begin the attack, the platoon was under heavy enemy fire. During the attack, the enemy fire intensified. Leading the assault and disregarding his own safety, 1st Lt. Gardner charged through a withering hail of fire across an open rice paddy. On reaching the first bunker he destroyed it with a grenade and without hesitation dashed to the second bunker and eliminated it by tossing a grenade inside. Then, crawling swiftly along the dike of a rice paddy, he reached the third bunker. Before he could arm a grenade, the enemy gunner leaped forth, firing at him. 1st Lt. Gardner instantly returned the fire and killed the enemy gunner at a distance of 6 feet. Following the seizure of the main enemy position, he reorganized the platoon to continue the attack. Advancing to the new assault position, the platoon was pinned down by an enemy machine gun emplaced in a fortified bunker. 1st Lt. Gardner immediately collected several grenades and charged the enemy position, firing his rifle as he advanced to neutralize the defenders. He dropped a grenade into the bunker and vaulted beyond. As the bunker blew up, he came under fire again. Rolling into a ditch to gain cover, he moved toward the new source of fire. Nearing the position, he leaped from the ditch and advanced with a grenade in one hand and firing his rifle with the other. He was gravely wounded just before he reached the bunker, but with a last valiant effort he staggered forward and destroyed the bunker, and its defenders with a grenade. Although he fell dead on the rim of the bunker, his extraordinary actions so inspired the men of his platoon that they resumed the attack and completely routed the enemy. 1st Lt. Gardner’s conspicuous gallantry were in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.”

We honor you, James Alton Gardner.

(#Repost @West-Point.org)