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The American war hero and 30-year ABA leader, General Earl E. Anderson, was awarded the ABA Medal Saturday at the association’s Annual Meeting in Boston. The ABA Medal recognizes exceptionally distinguished service by a lawyer or lawyers to the cause of American jurisprudence. The ABA Board of Governors chooses the medal’s recipient.
Former ABA President Robert Grey introduced Gen. Anderson and said, “You risked your life for us in time of war and you have dedicated yourself to the rule of law in time of peace.”
Growing up in West Virginia, Gen. Anderson graduated from West Virginia University in 1940 and accepted a second lieutenant’s commission in the Marine Corps. He earned a master’s degree and in 1952 a law degree from George Washington University Law School. During a 35-year career in the Marines, where he became the youngest active-duty Marine ever promoted to the rank of general, he served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.