SP4 Samuel Lee Anderton (KIA)


Date of Birth: 9/30/1948
Venango County
Pennsylvania, USA
Age at time of death: 19
Date of Casualty: 2/22/1968
Casualty Type: Hostile
Reason: Gun, Small Arms Fire
Ground Casualty
Body Recovered
Home of Record: SENECA PA
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Single
Religion: Roman Catholic
Branch of Service: ARMY
Rank: SP4
MOS: 11C1P
Start of Tour 12/14/67
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: THUA THIEN

Samuel is honored on The Vietnam Memorial Wall Panel 40E – Row 057


Son of Walter William Anderton and Helen Robinson; brother of Michael Anderton. Samuel graduated in 1966 from the Venango Christian High School and had attended the Venango Campus of Clarion State College prior to entisting in the US Army. He was with the 101st Airborne Division and died in combat at age 19. He was a brave soldier at Huong Tra on 22 Feb 68. Even under heavy enemy firepower, he protected his position using his individual weapon to kill 3 enemy and captured 4 weapons. He was a member of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Oil City, Pennsylvania, where a requiem high mass was celebrated for the repose of his soul on Wednesday, 06 March, 1968.

On his mother’s side, Samuel was a descendant of the Rohrers and Trubys of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; and of the Robinsons of Hovey Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He is one of three descendants of Catharina Truby Rohrer Marshall to die in the service of his country.

Sunset Hill Memorial Park
Cranberry (Venango County)
Venango County
Pennsylvania, USA

Sam’s name is on the memorials in Franklin and Oil City, Pennsylvania. He is also included in the book “Venango County 2000, The Changing Scene” published by the Venango County Historical Society of Franklin, PA.

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