Joyce: Special honor paid to Medal of Honor winner, fallen resident

JOYCE — Special honor was paid to Richard B. Anderson and Elsie Winters Mitchell at the Memorial Day ceremony in Port Crescent Pioneer Cemetery, Monday.

Both died while the nation was at war with Japan in World War II.

“Our county sent 2,500 of its finest and 56 did not come back,”‘ he said.

One of those residents, he said, was Elsie Winters Mitchell.

Mitchell and five children were killed by a Japanese balloon bomb in Oregon — they were the only wartime casualties on the U.S. mainland between the Civil War and last years terrorism attacks.

The other World War II dead honored in the ceremony was Marine Pfc. Richard B. Anderson, the only Clallam County native to receive the Medal of Honor, said Terry Roth, representative of the Marine Corps League.

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