|Birth: ||Sep., 1897|
|Death: ||Jul. 24, 1918|
His father James W. Alexander was born May 28 1854, and died Nov 7 1940 in Moundsville, and is buried in Linwood Cemetery, Blaine, Belmont County, Ohio.
The following information was gathered by brknhrt for this great American Hero - thank you so much, my fellow Findagraver :)
Moundsville Journal - 11 Sep 1918
CORPORAL RALPH ALEXANDER IS AMONG KILLED IN ACTION
Another Moundsville Boy Sacrifices His Life Upon Altar of Freedom and Justice
Enlisted in Regular Army at Wheeling Soon After U. S. Entered the War.
Corporal Ralph Alexander, son of James W. Alexander, 306 Eighth street was killed in action on July 24.
This sad intelligence was received in Moundsville last night in the conventional telegram from the war department at Washington, addressed to the father of the dead soldier boy.
Corporal Alexander enlisted in the regular army at Wheeling on June 30, 1917, immediately following the announcement of the war department that the regular army recruits would be the first to see service abroad.
He received his preliminary training at Gettysburg, Charlotte, N. C. and Newport News, Va., and landed in France about the middle of last April.
He was a member of company I, Fourth Infantry, which it is believed was attached to the Rainbow Division. While nothing is said in the advices from Washington concerning the action in which he lost his life, it is presumed that he fell during the battle that ensued when the Rainbow division was thrown against the Germans on the eastern end of the Marne salient, in the district southwest of Rheims and east of Ville en Tardennois. It was here, according to press dispatches from France, where the Rainbow division rendered valiant service.
Alexander was probably the tallest man sent into the service from Marshall county, standing six feet and four inches in his barefeet. He was well built and made a splendid appearance as a soldier.
The dead soldier boy was born in Bridgeport, O., and would have been 21 years old this month. Before entering the service he was employed with the contracting firm of Stringer and Springer.
Alexander is the fourth Moundsville boy to lose his life in payment of our debt to France, the others having been Arthur Van Dyne, Corporal Earl Francis and Forest Lee Delaney.
The division to which Alexander was attached has on more than one occasion won the praise of General Pershing and French and British officers.
Alexander is survived only by his father and one sister, Miss Mabel both at home.
Moundsville Weekly Echo - 13 Sep 1918
RALPH ALEXANDER DIES IN BATTLE IN FRANCE
Death Occurred July 24th at End of First of Great Allied Offensive.
J. W. Alexander and daughter Miss Mabel of Eighth street, received a telegram Tuesday evening stating that their son and brother Corporal Ralph Alexander was killed in action in France on July 24th.
Ralph would have been 21 years old on Sept. 22nd. He enlisted the first of June 1917 and was first sent to Gettysburg. Later he was transferred to a southern camp and sailed for France about the middle of April. He had a two-day furlough at home last October.
The last letter received from him was written on July 19th, five days before he was killed. He did not say anything about being onthe firing line, altho his father had thot for some time that he was in the actual fighting.
Ralph leaves his father ans sister Miss Mabel. His mother died about four years ago and a sister died in childhood.
Moundsville Journal - 19 Sep 1918
MEMORIAL FOR CORP. ALEXANDER
A memorial service will be held in the First Presbyterian church Sunday morning at 10:30 for Corporal Ralph L. Alexander who was killed in action in France, July 24th. Addresses will be made by Hon. C. E. Carrigan and the pastor, Rev. H. G. Gaunt. Special music will be rendered by the choir and the whole service will be of an appropriate nature.
Moundsville Weekly Echo - 30 Sep 1921[sic]
RALPH ALEXANDER WAS WITH MACHINE GUNNERS
J. W. Alexander, of western Eighth street, has received information that his son, Ralph, was killed July 24, 1918, at 5 a.m. in the fighting early in the Second Battle of the Marne, was a member of the Fourth infantry, and that the Fourth and the Seventh composed the Eighth machine gun battallion.
In Ralph's letters home the censor would cut out any reference to where he was and what organization he was attached to. Therefore it required much time and perseverance for Mr. Alexander to ascertain some apparent simple data. Ralph enlisted at Wheeling in June 1917, became of age while in camp at Gettysburg, and was among the first Americans to be used by Gen. Pershing under his own general command. He was 6 feet 6 inches tall, the tallest to enlist at Wheeling up to that time, and weighed 180 pounds stripped. His father did not know until yesterday that he was in a machine gun battalion.
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