Richard A. Anderson VFW Post #8953
In 1977, 47 men, all World War II veterans from Rye, Ace, and Romayor, Texas (all in Polk or Liberty counties) came together & applied for a VFW charter. To honor one of their own, “Tex” Anderson, they named the new post after his son – Richard A. Anderson VFW Post 8953. (For more detailed information on Richard A. Anderson, click here.)
Of those 47 men, only one remains – Fire Marshal Liberty County – Jim Wilson. Our post remains active in the local communities.
Meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Check appropriate tabs above for times.
Richard Anderson was born on April 16, 1948, in Washington, D.C to Ann & Elbert O. “Tex” Anderson. At an early age, he moved with his parents to Houston, Texas. After graduating from M.B. Smiley High School in May 1966, he attended San Jacinto Junior College in Pasadena, Texas for a year and a half.
Anderson enlisted in the Marine Corps in Houston on April 8, 1968. Upon completion of recruit training with the 2d Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, he received individual combat training with the 1st Battalion, 2d Infantry Training Regiment, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California, and returned to San Diego to attend Sea School. He was promoted to Private First Class (PFC) effective July 1, 1968.
PFC Anderson completed his training in October 1968 and was ordered to the Far East, where he joined Sub Unit #1, Provisional Service Battalion, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade.
In November 1968, he was reassigned to duty with the 3rd Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam, and served initially as a rifleman with Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines. In January 1969, he assumed duty as scout and, later, Assistant Fire Team Leader with Company E, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. He was promoted to Lance Corporal effective June 1, 1969.
On August 24, 1969, while participating in combat approximately 12 miles northwest of Vandergrift Combat Base in Quang Tri Province, Richard was mortally wounded. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his brave & heroic deeds.
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