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Webster Anderson



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Blackjack Baptist Church Cemetery

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Born:  July 15, 1933 at Winnsboro, SC

Entered Service in the US Army from Winnsboro, SC

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism October 15, 1967 at Tam Ky, Republic of Vietnam.

Died:  August 30, 2003 at the age of 70

During the early morning hours Sergeant First Class Anderson's defensive position was attacked by a North Vietnamese Army infantry unit supported by heavy mortar, recoilless rifle, rocket propelled grenade and automatic weapon fire. The initial onslaught breached the defensive perimeter. SFC Anderson mounted the parapet of his howitzer position and became the mainstay of the defense of the battery position. He directed devastating direct howitzer fire on the assaulting enemy while providing rifle and grenade defensive fire against enemy soldiers attempting to overrun his gun section. While protecting his crew and directing their fire , two enemy grenades exploded at his feet knocking him down and severely wounding him in the legs. Though not able to stand, SFC Anderson propped himself on the parapet and continued to direct howitzer fire upon the enemy. Seeing an enemy grenade land within the gun pit near a wounded member of his gun crew, he seized the grenade and attempted to throw it over the parapet. As it was thrown from the position it exploded and he was again wounded. Although only partially conscious, he refused medical evacuation and continued to encourage his men in the defense of the position.



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