Wilford C. "Andy" Anderson (9 March 1921 in Salt Lake City – 1 April 2013 in Tiburon, California) was an American Technical Sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He also was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross which was awarded for having distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy in circumstances which do not justify the award of the Medal of Honor.
- Distinguished Service Cross in 1944 as Technical Sergeant in Company C, 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team, 13th Airborne Division
- Chevalier of the Legion of Honour
Distinguished Service Cross citationEdit
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Technical Sergeant Wilford C. Anderson, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company C, 517th Parachute Infantry Regimental Combat Team, in action against enemy forces on 18 June l944, near Grosetto, Italy. In executing an attack on strongly fortified enemy positions, Sergeant Anderson's company found itself deployed by platoons along the military crest of a ridge, and receiving heavy small arms and mortar fire from the foot of the hill. Accompanied by a Private, Sergeant Anderson voluntarily moved forward into enemy resistance 200 hundred yards ahead of his platoon, captured five Germans who were part of a mortar crew, silenced a machine gun, and returned to the lines with the prisoners. Though momentarily pinned down by machine gun fire, Sergeant Anderson and his companion moved into enemy territory again and once more returned with a group of prisoners. Sergeant Anderson then proceeded to the machine gun he had previously silenced and opened fire on a group of the enemy, killing six, wounding four and silencing another active machine gun. Joining forces with the Private once more, Sergeant Anderson again crawled to the enemy lines and withdrew with four more prisoners when friendly artillery fire made his position untenable. By his courageous acts Sergeant Anderson made possible the capture of nineteen German prisoners, the killing and wounding of ten more, and acted as an inspiration to all those with whom he served. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.