Norman Anderson III

Norman Anderson III

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U.S. Marines
KARABILAH, IRAQ 10/19/2005

Lance Corporal Norman W. Anderson III had been married just three months when he was killed. His wife and family knew that “Wally” was a Marine leader to the core and was driven to be with his Marine battle-buddies.  He had been in Iraq about a month when a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Karabilah, Iraq.  He died on October 19, 2005.   He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina which supported Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Corporal Anderson came from a military family.  He was the son of a retired Army Ranger and had always wanted to serve in the military. There were relatives who traveled from South Africa to say goodbye to his cousin. Like many in the Anderson family – including Norman Anderson’s father and grandfather – his cousin served in the military.

Lance Corporal Anderson was a twenty-one year old resident of Parkton, Maryland in northern Baltimore County.  He attended Hereford High School where he was on the football team.  The school retired his football jersey No.33 and his friend’s jersey, No. 26. These high school team mates were killed just several weeks apart. Family and friends have established a joint memorial scholarship to honor and remember them.

He joined his Marine division as a rifleman in June 2003, and was deployed to Afghanistan. When he returned in November, “You could really see a difference in him,” said his father, Norman Anderson Jr., adding that his son became much more concerned about his family’s well-being.

Lance Corporal Anderson’s father wondered what kind of father is he going to be.   Pointing out that his son was in charge of some of his fellow Marines and recognized for leadership during ambushes in Afghanistan, he said, “He proved to me what kind of father he was.”

Norman’s portrait is also located on Poster 2


3 Responses to “Norman Anderson III”
  1. Kathy Wilt says:

    Just a note to tell you especially today how much we think of your family and the sacrifice you have endured with the loss of Norm We are currently parents who have a son Scott in Afghanistan and it never is far from our minds the danger he faces daily. I know when Scott joined he came to me and said mom I want to go for Norm and Josh,,,and so he did..he loves the Marines and we just support his decision I’m sure the way you did with your son. But we hope and pray your family has found some peace as time moves on. I can’t even begin to imagine your loss.I want you to know on behalf of the Wilt family we are forever in your debt for your precious son..God Bless..

  2. Sue Buscemi says:

    Robyn, I have lost your email address…wanted to just say…I am thinking about you and your handsome son…and feel sorrow for your loss…no matter how many years go by….I am so so sorry, Sue

  3. Christian Buscemi Leitch says:

    Mrs. Anderson,
    We want you to know that we are so grateful for your son’s heroic actions. We pray that you have peace. God Bless you, your family and your beautiful son, Norm. May God’s Grace shine upon you. With heartfelt sincerity…

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