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"He said 'you want to be a Marine Corps radio man?' He didn’t say nothing about Code Talkers. I was all excited, I said 'okay!'" (Video recording, 2:37)

   Edward Anderson
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Edward Anderson at interview.
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Marine Corps
Unit: 1st Marine Division
Service Location: United States; Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands); Australia; New Guinea; New Britain Island (Bismarck Archipelago); Pacific Theater
Rank: Sergeant
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Edward Anderson was working at an ammunition depot in Flagstaff, Arizona, when he was approached by a Marine Corps recruiter who asked him if he wanted to be a "radio man" in the Marines. Anderson was excited by the prospect and agreed, and completed boot camp in San Diego before tackling Code Talker training at Camp Elliott. Assigned to the 1st Marine Division, he participated in the amphibious landing at Cape Gloucester on the island of New Britain in December 1943. Severely wounded during the battle, Anderson had to wait for two days on the beach before he could be medically evacuated to New Guinea, then Australia, before finally being relocated to California and Texas for recovery and rehabilitation. He was honorably discharged from the military in late 1945, after nearly two years of rehabilitation from his wounds.

Interview (Video)
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 Video (Interview Excerpts) (2 items)
Meeting two Navajo Marine Corps recruiters in Flagstaff; going to San Diego for boot camp; being told he was going to Code Talker school. (03:29) Landing at Cape Gloucester on New Britain; being severely wounded; taken to Yosemite National Park for recuperation. Going to hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas for physical therapy. Being discharged and returning to Fort Defiance, Arizona. (07:26) 

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