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Edwin Alexander Anderson

Date of birth: July 16, 1860
Date of death: September 23, 1933
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: North Carolina, Wilmington
Home of record: Wilmington North Carolina

Edwin Anderson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1882. He retired as a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Dominican Republic Occupation

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain Edwin Alexander Anderson, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in battle, during the engagement of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 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, Captain Anderson unexpectedly met a heavy fire from riflemen, machineguns 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.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 177 (December 4, 1915)

Action Date: 22-Apr-14

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

Regiment: 2d Seaman Regiment (Bluejackets)

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral Edwin Alexander Anderson, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in organizing and in the administration and operation of the American Patrol Squadron ONE, and in developing arrangements for the co-operation of air, surface, and submarine craft. Also for his successful co-operation with the Cuban Government in making the available vessels of the Cuban Navy efficient and ready for service.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)

Action Date: World War I

Service: Navy

Rank: Rear Admiral

Company: Commander

Division: Patrol Squadron 1