VIETNAM - SANDERSON, SANDER CHRIS

Sanderson, Sander Chris

VIETNAM - SANDERSON, SANDER CHRIS
SANDERSON, SANDER CHRIS

Rank: Private First Class

Unit: L Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11B – Infantryman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 4-Oct-1945

Hometown: Kings Beach, California

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 15-Oct-1966

Incident date: 12-Jan-1967

Date of casualty: 12-Jan-1967

Age at death: 21

Cause of Death: Hostile, died. Killed In Action. Multiple fragmentation wounds . Grenade.

Four Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
PFC John Edward Busch
SGT Angus N. Jackson
SP4 Rene Reynoso
PFC Sander Chris Sanderson

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Trails End Cemetery, Tahoe City, California, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 14E 018 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS SANDER CHRIS SANDERSON
12 JANUARY 1967
L TROOP, 3rd SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Private First Class Sanderson distinguished himself by heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force on January 12 1967 while serving with Troop L, 3d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date, Private Sanderson was a member of a patrol on a search and destroy operation in the vicinity of the Iron Triangle. Private Sanderson was situated at the forward point of a patrol which was moving into a recently discovered bunker / tunnel complex when the patrol was suddenly ambushed by intense Viet Cong automatic weapons and small arms fire from approximately fifteen meters away. Disregarding his own personal safety, Private Sanderson made no effort to take cover from the hostile force, but bravely returned fire on the well-fortified enemy positions in an effort to cover the remainder of the patrol. While valiantly holding his position, two Viet Cong claymore mines were detonated nearby. Private First Class Sanderson valorous actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam General Orders No. 421 (22 March 1967)

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