Sergeant Herschel Anderson

Category:
Honorees
Year Honored:
1976

Biography

A native of Tracy City, Tennessee, Sgt. Anderson has been called “the best pistol-shooter that we ever had in the U.S.” He currently holds eleven individual national pistol-shooting records and shares in another ten team records. In 1972, Herschel Anderson was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team. In 1967, 1971, and 1975 he participated in the Pan-American Games, where he won a gold medal competing in Winnipeg, Canada, and a silver medal while in Cali, Columbia. Sgt. Anderson served twenty years in the U.S. Army. From Vietnam, he carried home a Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Army Commendation Medal. Sgt. Anderson was a member of the U.S. World Championship Shooting Team in 1966 and again in 1974. He won the National Pistol Championship in 1973 and again in 1974; the National Indoor Championship in 1964 and 1974; the National ISU Center Fire Championship in 1975; and in the National Free Pistol Championship six times – 1966, 1971, 1972, 1974, and 1975. Anderson added another gold medal and a silver medal in October of 1976 at the Mexico City games, where he was easily the top performer for any country.

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