The Medal of Honor

Deadeye Beaufort T. Anderson


Technical Sergeant Beaufort T. Anderson was born in Eagle, Wisconsin and was a member of the 381st Infantry Regiment. He earned the Medal of Honor on April 13, 1945 in the battle for Okinawa.


Beaufort T. Anderson displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. When a powerfully conducted predawn Japanese counterattack struck his unit's flank, he ordered his men to take cover in an old tomb, and then, armed only with a carbine, faced the onslaught alone. After emptying 1 magazine at pointblank range into the screaming attackers, he seized an enemy mortar dud and threw it back among the charging Japs, killing several as it burst. Securing a box of mortar shells, he extracted the safety pins, banged the bases upon a rock to arm them and proceeded alternately to hurl shells and fire his piece among the fanatical foe, finally forcing them to withdraw. Despite the protests of his comrades, and bleeding profusely from a severe shrapnel wound, he made his way to his company commander to report the action. T/Sgt. Anderson's intrepid conduct in the face of overwhelming odds accounted for twenty-five enemy killed and several machineguns and knee mortars destroyed, thus single-handedly removing a serious threat to the company's flank.


Medal of Honor Memorial Building

Dedication of Beauford Anderson Hall.

Fort McCoy, Wisconsin

December 15, 2000


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