Fourth Marine Division

Special film-strip-with-play-triangle_318-50666 Footage

4th Marine Division Insignia

Iwo Jima

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Corporal Robert William Anderson
[Research]

There are several indicators that the soldier near the end of this footage is, indeed, Robert W. Anderson.

1) The video description, title, and markers in the video indicate that this is footage of Iwo Jima during WWII AND, according to the January 1945 Muster Roll 0916, Robert W. Anderson was in the 4th Marine Division which participated in the Battle for Iwo Jima in February 1945.

2) Although the quality of the video makes it difficult to see, the writing on the soldier’s shirt is “R. W. Anderson” as seen in the closeup screenshot below.

3) The Unit Numerical Identification System (UNIS) marking on the soldier’s shirt is a semi-circle with 622. The 600 series UNIS markings were used for the 14th Artillery Regiment, the semi-circle tactical marking was used for the 4th Marine Division, the “22” in 622 was for the 2nd Battalion, D Company (Battery) AND, according to the Muster Rolls, Robert W. Anderson was in Battery “D”, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines (Regiment) of the 4th Marine Division. In addition, the soldier in the footage is clearly with an artillery group. See descriptive screenshot below.

4) The soldier in the footage is clearly part of an artillery group AND, according to the Muster Rolls, Robert W. Anderson’s Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was 603 which designates him as a Field Artillery Crewman.

5) The Unit Numerical Identification System (UNIS) marking on the soldier’s shirt just above the semi-circle is a “2” which was used to designate the ranking of a Corporal AND, according to the Muster Rolls, Robert W. Anderson was a Corporal by the time he served in Iwo Jima. See descriptive screenshot below.

6) According to the January 1945 Muster Roll 0916, there were only two soldiers with the last name of Anderson in the 14th Marines (Regiment) of the 4th Marine Division. However, only one of them was a Corporal – Robert W. Anderson.

Video sources:
1) https://youtu.be/RcQM-l4Ynz8?t=3m15s

Research sources:
1) National Archives January 1945 Muster Roll 0916.
2) FindAGrave Memorial 34736222
3) Ancestry.com

Corporal Robert Warren AndersonThis is a screenshot from a portion of the previous footage.

Robert William Anderson Shirt MarkingsThis is a screenshot from a portion of the previous footage.

Corporal Robert William Anderson
Feb. 8, 1923 – Feb. 20, 1993

03 Corporal Robert Warren Anderson - Grave MarkerDesert Lawn Memorial Park, Calimesa, Riverside County, California, USA.

 

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