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Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz) - U.S. Navy

Edwin Alexander Anderson

  • Rank: Captain (Highest Rank: Admiral)
  • Conflict/Era: Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)
  • Unit/Command:
    2d Regiment of Bluejackets
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 22, 1914
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vera Cruz, Mexico

For extraordinary heroism in battle, engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914, in command of the 2d Seaman Regiment. Marching his regiment across the open space in front of the Naval Academy and other buildings, Capt. Anderson unexpectedly met a heavy fire from riflemen, machine guns and one-pounders, which caused part of his command to break and fall back, many casualties occurring amongst them at the time. His indifference to the heavy fire, to which he himself was exposed at the head of his regiment, showed him to be fearless and courageous in battle.

Medal of Honor Recipient Edwin A. Anderson
Medal of Honor Recipient Edwin A. Anderson
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: July 16, 1860, Wilmington, New Hanover County, NC, United States
  • Died: September 23, 1933, Washington, DC, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (2-3798), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC

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