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US Military Academy at West Point/Joseph Anderson class of 1965


I have seen the documentary'Andersons Platoon'and at the end it lists Lt Andersons awarded medals as 2 silver stars,5 bronze stars, 11 air medals, and 2 of another that I cant recall. I am very interested in the official account of his citations but cannot find them in any data base I have searched. By all accounts this is a remarkable man and among many accomplishments even taught at the Academy and spoke at the 2007 graduation ceremony. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would truly like to honor this man by using him as an example for my children to emulate.
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Ralph Florio

It's good to hear from you, Ralph.  Thanks for your interest in West Point.

Joe Anderson of the Class of 1965 is indeed a great man and American hero.  I was fortunate to know him in the 1990s when we both served as Trustees (He as a Trustee Emeritus) of the West Point Association of Graduates.

I have done some digging and the lack of information you seek is unfortunately a reality.  Please see:

The lead quote from that page reads, "Other than the Medal of Honor, the various branches of service have not attempted to compile or make available the names and citations of ALL of even our most highly decorated military veterans."  There is more at the address above.  

I did find a few interesting links for Joe Anderson and share them with you here:

Sorry I could not have been more help.  Good luck in your quest.

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I can answer questions about admissions to West Point; about the history of West Point; about how to travel to West Point, where to eat, where to stay, etc.; and about West Point`s alumni organization, the West Point Association of Graduates.


I am a 1970 Graduate of West Point. I served six years on active duty and another 8 years in the active reserve. I have been actively involved as a Field Admissions Representative for over 20 years and have participated on my Congressman's Academy Selection Panel for over 25 years. I am actively involved in West Point Alumni affairs, serving in roles both with the West Point Association of Graduates and the local alumni chapter in Annapolis, MD. I also have two sons who graduated from West Point in 1995 and 2001. Both are veterans of the Iraq War and Afghanistan War. The 1995 Grad continues to serve on Active Duty in the Army.

Bachelor of Science, US Military Academy, 1970 Master of Science (Computer Science), The Johns Hopkins University, 1980

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