John  H.  ALEXANDER

 

alexander john h
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER32025841
AGE26 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1918 NEW YORK
STATEOswego County NEW YORK
FAMILYSingle
RANKT/Sergeant
FONCTIONInfantry
JOB before ENLISTEMENTPlumbers, gas fitters, and steam fittersNY
DATE of ENLISTEMENT17 january 1941 Syracuse NEW YORK
REGIMENT39th Regiment Infantry
“The Fighting Falcons”
“Anything, Anytime, Anywhere, Bar Nothing!”
DIVISION9th Division Infantry
DATE OF DEATH18 july 1944alexander john h grave
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATH-
CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY from Colleville

Map Normandy American Cemetery

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DECORATION
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div 9 1             9th INFANTRY DIVISION      9th  Infantry Division

The 9th Infantry Division was among the first U.S. combat units to engage in offensive ground operations during World War II. (The others were the 32nd and the 41st in the Pacific on New Guinea, Carlson's Raiders on Makin Island, the 1st Marine, and the Americal on Guadalcanal, and, alongside the 9th in North Africa, were the 1st Infantry, 3rd Infantry and the 2nd Armored Divisions.)

The 9th saw its first combat on 8 November 1942, when its elements landed at Algiers, Safi, and Port Lyautey, with the taking of Safi by the 3rd Battalion of the 47th Infantry Regiment standing as the first liberation of a city from Axis control in World War II.

With the collapse of French resistance on 11 November 1942, the division patrolled the Spanish Moroccan border. The 9th returned to Tunisia in February and engaged in small defensive actions and patrol activity. On 28 March 1943 it launched an attack in southern Tunisia and fought its way north into Bizerte, 7 May.

In August, the 9th landed at Palermo, Sicily, and took part in the capture of Randazzo and Messina. After returning to England for further training, the division landed on Utah Beach on 10 June 1944 (D plus 4), cut off the Cotentin Peninsula, drove on to Cherbourg and penetrated the port's heavy defenses.

After a brief rest in July, the division took part in the St. Lo break-through and in August helped close the Falaise Gap. Turning east, the 9th crossed the Marne, 28 August, swept through Saarlautern and in November and December held defensive positions from Monschau to Losheim.

Moving north to Bergrath, Germany, it launched an attack toward the Roer, 10 December, taking Echtz and Schlich. From mid-December through January 1945, the division held defensive positions from Kalterherberg to Elsenborn. On 30 January the division jumped off from Monschau in a drive across the Roer and to the Rhine, crossing at Remagen, 7 March.

After breaking out of the Remagen bridgehead, the 9th assisted in the sealing and clearing of the Ruhr Pocket, then moved 150 miles (240 km) east to Nordhausen and attacked in the Harz Mountains, 14–20 April.

On 21 April the Division relieved the 3rd Armored Division along the Mulde River, near Dessau, and held that line until VE-day.

DATE

LOCATIONS OF OPERATIONS

Activated: 1 August 1940 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.Operation Torch
Overseas: 11 December 1942 (Three organic combat teams participated in North African landings 8 November 1942)Tunisian campaign
Days of combat: 304Operation Husky
Distinguished Unit Citations: 24Normandy landing
DECORATIONArdennes Battle
Medal of Honor-4Bridge at Remagen
Distinguished Service Cross-76 
Distinguished Service Medal-3 
Silver Star-2 282 
Legion of Merit-19 
Distinguished Flying Cross-2 
Soldier's Medal-100 
Bronze Star −6,593 
Air Medal-129 
COMMANDERS 
Col . Charles B. Elliott (August 1940) 
Brig. Gen. Francis W. Honeycutt (September 1940) 
Maj. Gen. Jacob L. Devers (October 1940 – July 1941) 
Maj. Gen. Rene E. DeR. Hoyle (August 1941 – July 1942) 
Maj. Gen. Manton S. Eddy (August 1942 – August 1944) 
Maj. Gen. Louis A. Craig (August 1944 – May 1945) 
Brig. Gen. Jesse A. Ladd (May 1945 – February 1946) 
Maj. Gen. Horace L. McBride (March 1946 to inactivation) 
Inactivated: 15 January 1947 
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Men of the 9th Infantry Division gather for a briefing by General Manton S. Eddy

9th INFANTRY DIVISION COMPOSITION

INFANTRY REGIMENTS

39th Infantry Regiment


Motto: “D’une Vaillance Admirable”
(with a Military courage worthy of admiration)
“The Fighting Falcons” 9ri

47th Infantry Regiment


Motto: “Ex Virtute Honos”
(Honor Comes From Virtue)
“The Raiders” 47ir

60th Infantry Regiment


Motto: “To the Utmost Extent of Our Power“
“The Go-Devils” 60ri

FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALIONS

26th Field Artillery Battalion105mm Howitzer 26 Field Artillery Battalion
34th Field Artillery Battalion155mm Howitzer 60ri
60th Field Artillery Battalion105mm Howitzer 60ri
84th Field Artillery Battalion105mm Howitzer 60ri

OTHER:

 

ATTACHED

Headquarters Company899th Tank Battalion
709th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company376th AAA (AW) Battalion
9th Quartermaster Company60ri746th Tank Battalion
9th Medical Battalion 60ri 
9th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized) 60ri
9th Division Music Band
9th Signal Company 9 Signal Corps
9th Military Police 9 Military Police
15th Engineer Combat Battalion

 

moh army

Medal of Honor

 

List of 9th Division Recipients

2nd Lt. John E. BUTTSCompany E, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. Date: June 14th, 16th, and 23rd, 1944. Location: Normandy, France. General Order Number: 58, 19 July 1945.Butts John E
T/Sgt. Peter J. DALESSANDROCompany E, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. Date: December 22nd, 1944. Location: Near Kalterherberg, Germany. General Order Number: 73, 30 August, 1945.Dalessandro peter j
Sgt. William L. NELSON60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. Date: April 24th, 1943. Location: Djebel Dardys, northwest of Sedjenane, Tunisia. General Order Number: 85, 17 December 1943.Nelson william l
PFC. Carl V. SHERIDANCompany K, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. Date: November 26th, 1944. Location: Frenzerberg Castle, near Frenz / Weisweiler, Germany. General Order Number: 43, 30 May 1945.Sheridan carl v
Lt. Col. Matt URBAN (then Cpt)2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. Date: June 14th to September 3rd, 1944 Location: Renouf, France General Order Number:Urban matt

 

dsc

Distinguished Service Cross

 

(P) = Posthumous
AT = Anti Tank
MD = Medical Detachment
(OLC) = Oak Leaf Cluster

 

List of 9th Division Recipients

Manton S. EDDY Maj GenDate: 24-26 Jun 1944 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 39 (1944)
Clair H. THURSTON MajDate: 7-13 Mar 1945 Headquarters, Third U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 146 (1945) 39th Infantry Regiment
Frank F. AIELLO SgtDate: 20 Feb 43 (P) Company M Department of the Army,

General Orders No. 16 (March 5, 1948)
Joe M. BARNETT TSgtDate: 9 Aug 44 Company F Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 35 (1945) * T Sgt. Joe Barnett actually survived the war and was not Killed In Action. 
Guy E CARR CaptDate: Mar 43 Company L Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 35 (1945)
Anthony V DANNA 1st Lt.Date: 23 Jul 44 Company I Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 69 (1944)
Harry A. FLINT Col INFDate: Aug 43 / 24 Jul 1944 (P) OLC Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 75 (1944)
Edgar L. FOURNIER PFC Company A Date: 18 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 60 (1944)
Albert C. GEIST Capt Company H Date:  15-16 Apr 45 Headquarters, Third U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 237 (1945)
John GILMAN Sgt (PFC) Company H Date:  15-16 Apr 45 Headquarters, Third U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 258 (1945)
Malcolm B. GOTT 2nd LtCompany H Date: 18 Mar 45 Headquarters, Third U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 163 (1945)
Luther S. GUSTAFSON 2nd Lt Company G Date: 28 Apr 43  Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 31 (1943)
Edward KORITZKE 2nd Lt (P)Date: 27 Jul 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 71 (1944)
James E MATHEWS Pvt (P)Date: 12 Oct 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 96 (1944)
George R. MOHR PFC (P)Company F Date:31 Jan 45  Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 56 (1945)
Leonard W. OWENS SSgt (P)Company L Date: Aug 43 Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 37 (1943)
Raymond A. PORTOR 1st Lt.Date:  Feb 28 February 45 Headquarters, Third U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 252 (1945)
Felix P. SETTLEMIRE CaptCannon Company Date: 23 Apr 43 Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations,

General Orders No. 39 (1943)
Robert L. WATTS 1st Lt (P)Date: Aug 43 Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 31 (1943)
Rempfer L. WHITEHOUSE SgtCompany K Date: 11 Dec 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 27 (February 15, 1945) 47th Infantry Regiment
Reggie G. ADAMS PFCCompany L Date: 8 Nov 42 Allied Force Headquarters,

General Orders No. 39 (1942)
James D. ALLGOOD Lt Col (Capt)Company K Date: 10 July 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 31 (1945)
Woodrow W. BAILEY MajDate: 30 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 71 (1944)
James H. CAMERON 2nd LtHQ Company / 1-47 Date: 8 Nov 42 Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 35 (1943)
Luis F. CASTRO PFCDate: 10 Dec 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 27 (February 15, 1945)
Willard D. CLARK SSgtDate: 22 Sep 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 92 (1944)
Donald C. CLAYMAN Lt ColDate: 16-25 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 71 (1944)
Thomas R. EARL Sgt (PFC)Date: 23 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 67 (1944)
Leonard P. ELDER PFCMD Company Date: 17 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 61 (1944)
William M. EVANS 2nd Lt (P)Date: 16 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 65 (1944)
Gael M. FRAZIER 1st Lt Company L Date: 21 Nov 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 46 (1945)
Harrison M. GARDLER SSgt HQ Company / 1-47 Date: 8 Nov 42  Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 35 (1943)
Joseph GLIDER 2nd Lt Company D Date:  16 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 80 (1944)
Elmer W. GRAFF 1st LtCompany E Date: 24 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 71 (1944)
Willard HARTY TSgt (P)Date: 25 Nov 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 28 (February 16, 1945)
Edward W. HAUSCHILDT 1st SgtCompany L Date: 21 Nov 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 27 (February 15, 1945)
Wilbur L. HOWARD Sgt (PFC)Company E Date: 14 Oct 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 48 (1945)
Elmo H. JARVIS Pvt (P)Date: 18 August 1943 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. ?? (194?) To be added
George E. JENKINS Capt (1st Lt)Company C Date: 9-10 Aug 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 95 (1944)
Henry J. KUCHARSKI 2nd Lt (T3) MD Company Date: 11 July 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 76 (1944)
Vestal R. LESTER 1st LtCompany L Date: 21 Nov 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 27 (February 15, 1945)
Lewis E. MANESS Lt ColCompany G Date: 3-4 Apr 45 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 28 (1946) Sgt. Albert D. Moses Jr.
Albert D. MOSES Sgt (P)Company L Date: 22 Sep 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 4 (1945)
Joseph P. PEREHINEC SSgt (P) Company K Date:  16 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 86 (1944)
Frank L. PESO 2nd Lt (P)Date: 25 Nov 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 21 (February 6, 1945)
Frank E. PETTY CaptCompany E Date: 3-5 Apr 45 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,

General Orders No. 29 (1946)
Ervin B. PLAYER PFCCompany A Date: Nov 42 Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 35 (1943)
Edwin H. RANDLE ColDate: 28 Mar 1943 Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations,
General Orders No. 46 (1943)
James W. SEARLES SSgtCompany K Date: 26 Nov 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 27 (February 15, 1945)
Joseph F. SEFCHICK SSgtCompany K Date: 23 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 77 (1944)
Gerald E. SMITH Pvt (P)Date: 25 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 86 (1944)
George E. SMYTH ColDate: 7 Sep 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 17 (1945)
Sherman S. SPEAR PFC HQ Company 1st BLT Date: 8 Nov 42 Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 35 (1943)
William F. SQUIRE (P)Company K Date: 11 Jul 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 92 (1944)
Charles D. ST JOHN TSgt Company C Date: 2 Mar 45 Headquarters, Third U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 163 (1945)
John TOKARCHEK TSgtDate: 10 Aug 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 47 (1945)
Joseph H. VOLANSKY (P)Date: 18 August 1943 Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 16 (1943)
Lee WETHERHOLT Jr. PFCDate: 30 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 61 (1944)
Earl L. WOELFEL PFC (P)Company E Date: 22 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 61 (1944)
Charles S. WOLFE PFC (P)Date:  Mar 43 Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Anthony ZUK SSgt (P)Company F  Date: 30 Jun 44 Headquarters, U.S. Forces-European Theater,
General Orders No. 248 (1945) 60th Infantry Regiment
Paul E. ALEXANDER SSgt (P)Company G Date: 14 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 70 (October 17, 1944)
Lester L. BOSWELL SSgt (P)Company F Date: Apr 43 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 35 (1945)
Carmine A. BOTTI PFC Company E Date: 1-2 April 43 Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations,
General Orders No. 80 (1943)
Thomas R. BRAZIL SSgtDate: 14 Jul 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 93 (1944)
Edward BRINKMAN PvtMD Date: Mar 43 Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 32 (1943)
James F. BURGIN PFC (P)Date: 30 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 61 (1944)
Frank L. CZAR CplCompany E Date: 8 Nov 42 Allied Force Headquarters,
General Orders No. 28 (1942)
Harold J. DITTER 2nd Lt then M/SgtCompany A Date: Apr 43 General Orders: Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 23 (September 6, 1943)
Harry S. DICKERSON PFC (P)Date: 8-9 Oct 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 16 (January 25, 1945)
Leslie W. DOOLEY 2nd LtAT Company Date: 8 Nov 42 Allied Force Headquarters,
General Orders No. 39 (1942)
Charles DUSHANE 2nd LtCompany E Date: 8 Nov 42 Allied Force Headquarters,
General Orders No. 28 (December 15, 1942)
Edward C. FEDERMANN (P)MD Company Date: 18 August 43 Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 16 (1943)
Louis FERRARI PFCCompany F Date: 17 Jul 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 68 (1944)
John R. FISHER PFCCompany E Date: 8 Nov 42 Allied Force Headquarters,
General Orders No. 28 (December 15, 1942)
Eugene FONTES Pvt (P)MD Company Date: 13 Dec 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 26 (February 14, 1945)
Jesse L. GIBNEY ColRegimental Commander 60th Infantry Date: 9 Sep 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 68 (1944)
Stanley P. GULL SSgtDate: 17 Jul 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 68 (1944)
Lawrence W. GUNDERSON SSgt (P)Company F Date: 25 Jul 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 70 (October 17, 1944)
PFC Green D. HADLEYGreen D. Hadley PFC, MD Company Date: 2 Feb 45 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 68 (1945)
Harry C. HELLER 2nd Lt (P)Company E 08-nov-42 Allied Force Headquarters,
General Orders No. 28 (December 15, 1942)
Grady B. HOLMAN Capt Company B Date: 12 Dec 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 27 (February 15, 1945)
Seymour I. JOHNSON Pvt (P)Date: Mar 43 Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 16 (1943)
Herbert J JOYS T/5 MD Company Date: Sep 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 17 (1945)
William KATSOULAKOS Pvt (P)Company E Date: 23 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 70 (October 17, 1944)
Frank S. KOLODZIEK PFCCompany L Date: 15 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 78 (1944)
Donald W. LARSON TSgt (P)Company E Date: 30 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 66 (1944)
Julius LEFKOWITZ PvtCompany K Date: Apr 43 Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Elmer E. LENT 2nd Lt (P)Company B Date: Apr 43 Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 16 (1943)
Richard H. LININGER 2nd Lt (P)Date: 25-26 Jul 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 61 (1944)
Clarence L. MOHLER PFCCompany E Date: 8 Nov 42 Allied Force Headquarters,
General Orders No. 28 (1942)
Walter NEELY PvtCompany K Date: Mar 43 Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 31 (1943)
Don B. PASSAGE PFC (P)Company H Date: 8 Nov 42 Allied Force Headquarters,
General Orders No. 28 (December 15, 1942)
Ferdinand POTE PFC Company E Date: 5 Apr 43 Headquarters, U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations,
General Orders No. 80 (1943)
Dalton L. ROSSMAN PFCDate: Apr 43 Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 32 (1943)
Stanley I. SILVERMAN PvtDate: Mar 43 Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 15 (1943)
Felix SCOROPOSKI 1st SgtCompany B Date: 15 Jun 44 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 69 (1944)
Alfred L. SHARFF 2nd Lt (P)Company E Date: 8 Nov 42 Allied Force Headquarters,
General Orders No. 28 (December 15, 1942)
Roy J. SMITH 2nd LtCompany M Date: 9 Nov 42 Allied Force Headquarters,
General Orders No. 28 (1942)
Jack THOMAS PFCCompany E Date: 9 Apr 45 Headquarters, Third U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 255 (1945)
Charles S. WILLSHER SSgtHeadquarters Company 3rd Battalion Date: Mar 43 Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 15 (1943) 15th Engineer Battalion
Leonard SINGER T4 MDDate: 10 Dec 14 Headquarters, First U.S. Army,
General Orders No. 56 (1945) 60th Field Artillery Battalion
George E. DUANE 1st Lt (P)Date: 10 Nov 42 Allied Force Headquarters,
General Orders No. 28 (December 15, 1942)

 

siver star

Silver Star

1789

             

List of Recipients of the Division

 

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