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PFC James Anderson, Jr. was born on January 22, 1947, in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from senior high school, James Anderson Jr. attended Los Angeles Harbor Junior College for a year and a half.
Private Anderson left college to enlist in the United States Marine Corps on February 17, 1966 and received recruit training with the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. He was promoted to private first class upon graduation from recruit training in August 1966. He then transferred to Camp Pendleton, California where he received further training with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment.
In December 1966, Private First Class Anderson arrived in the Republic of Vietnam, where he served as a rifleman with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division in Quang Tri Province. On February 28, 1967 he was mortally wounded when he covered a grenade with his body to save his teammates.
Private First Class Anderson was interred at Lincoln Memorial Park in Carson, California (Plot L-6).
When Dan Bullock was 14 years old, he altered the date on his birth certificate to show he was born December 21, 1949. He processed through the recruiting station, and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on September 18, 1968. As a member of Platoon 3039 in Parris Island. At first he struggled to make it through, but was able to with help from one of his fellow recruits. Bullock graduated from boot camp on December 10, 1968.
Bullock arrived in South Vietnam on May 18, 1969 and was assigned as a rifleman in 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was stationed at An Hoa Combat Base west of Hội An in Quảng Nam Province. He was killed instantly by small arms fire on June 7, 1969, during a North Vietnamese army night attack while making an ammunition run to resupply his beleaguered unit. Bullock was just 15 years old.
After he was interred, his grave site did not have a marker. In 2000, one was finally provided.
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