Paul Edwin ALEXANDER

 

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBER15104455
AGE23 yo
DATE OF BIRTH21 March 1921
STATEINDIANA
FAMILY

Parent: Ernest O & Iona ALEXANDER

Siblings: Clark, Mildred, Orland Beryl, Wilma & Edwin

RANKStaff Sergeant
FONCTIONInfantry
JOB before ENLISTEMENTLaboratory technicians and assistantsINDIANA
DATE of ENLISTEMENT10 july 1942 Fort Benjamin Harrison Indianapolis, INDIANA
COMPANYCompany G
REGIMENT60th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION9th Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATH14 june 1944alexander_paul_tombe.jpg
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHRenouf (MANCHE)
CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY de Colleville

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DECORATION
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STORY

Alexander is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross the 2nd Highest Medal for Heroism.

He served with the 9th Infantry Division, 60th Infantry Regiment, Company G.

He lost his life for the freedom of the World.

He personally destroyed 4 machine gun nests while mortally wounded which resulted in his Battalion taking the high ground. His parents, and four of his brothers and sisters never knew of his great heroism.

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SSgt. Paul Edwin Alexander fought with the 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division in North Africa, and landed with his unit at Palermo, the capital of Sicily, in August 1943.

He helped the division capture Randazzo and open the way for Gen. Omar Bradley’s 2ndCorps to capture Messina.

The 60th Regiment, nicknamed the “Go-Devils” left Sicily and traveled to Winchester, England, where it trained for D-Day.

His regiment landed at Utah Beach on D+5 to reinforce the 4th Infantry Division as part of the drive to capture the crucial port city of Cherbourg.

The 9th was on the northern end of the assault, attacking towards the town of Sainte-Colombe, with the 82nd Airborne on the southern flank.

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Alexander at during Basic Training at Camp Wolters, Texas c. July 1942.

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To the left, Staff Sgt. Alexander. To his right is his good friend Joseph Schepis from New York.

Schepis was killed in action July 15, 1945.

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To the left is Staff Sgt. Alexander. To the right is his assistant squad Edward McGrath.

McGrath was wounded in August 1944.


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Flower of the tomb of Paul by his Nephew, Monty McDANIEL


INFORMATION & PICTURE SOURCEMonty McDaniel - Janet McDaniel - Frédéric LAVERNHE
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud