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      Medal of Honor

      On behalf of a grateful nation and a grateful gaming community, we honor Sergeant Richard C. Anderson. Today marks three years since his passing. Sergeant Anderson joined the 3rd Infantry Division Realism Gaming Unit on September 30th, 2019. Assigned to Alpha Company, First Platoon, First Squad as a Combat Lifesaver, he advanced to Squad Combat Medic and served in First and Second Squads until his death.

      On Sunday, March 8th 2020, Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division Realism Gaming Unit held a memorial service for Specialist Richard Anderson on Cottrell Field. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and promoted to E-5 SGT during the ceremony.

      The Medal of Honor will only be awarded in the 3rd Infantry Division to honor an overwhelming personal sacrifice of a Soldier in a real life situation.             

      In addition, Sergeant Anderson awards included the Army Service Ribbon with “V” device (OSUT Honor graduate), National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Air Assault Badge, Marksmanship Badge (Sharpshooter), and Range Safety Officer badge.

      Richard Carl Anderson was born in Quanah, Texas on June 29, 1956. He passed away at his home there Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the age of 63. Since he was a boy, Richard was in a hurry to “grow up” and he was walking by the time he was one year old. He was a curious boy and a real challenge to keep up with. At age three, he slept with his baseball and glove. He played catcher at age four with the neighborhood boys. Baseball was his passion throughout school, and by Junior High he was into motorbikes, bronc and bull riding, and hunting. He joined the USMC the day after he graduated high school and he was very proud to be a Marine. After serving his time in the Marines, Richard, an avid fan of Louis L’Amour westerns, explored and lived in the mountains panning for gold, fur trapping, hunting, camping and fishing his secret spots. In his later years, he settled in Indian Harbor, Granbury, Texas to be near his family.

      We are honored to have the memory of Sergeant Richard C. Anderson in our midst.

      Semper fi, Marine!

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