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 Irvin Alexander

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Irvin Alexander

Birth
Heltonville, Lawrence County, Indiana, USA
Death
25 Dec 1963 (aged 67)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot
Section B - Site 9-B
Memorial ID
268120 View Source

Brown County Democrat
January 2, 1964


COL. IRVIN ALEXANDER

Col. Irvin Alexander, 66, passed away on Christmas morning following a heart attack. Col. and Mrs. Alexander were enroute to Mexico. Full military honors were given Col. Alexander at the services held in Houston.

Burial was in the Fort Sam Houston Cemetery. Col. Alexander was born in Heltonville, Indiana.

He received his elementary education in Indiana and entered Indiana University in 1915, later enlisting in Co. I 1st Indiana Infantry in late 1915.

After the Federalization of the Indiana National Guard he was sent to Llano Grande, Texas early during the summer of 1916. He was later transferred to Machine Gun Co. of the 1st Indiana Infantry. He was warranted Corporal and was later assigned to the staff of General Edward M. Lewis, who recommended him for competitive examination to West Point from the National Guard.

He was successful and entered the Military Academy from which he graduated and was then sent to Europe just as the war ended. He later taught at West Point and studied at Columbus University, where he received his second degree. After being released from service he received his Masters degree in language at Indiana University.

After many years of service he was assigned to the Philippine Army as an advisor under General Douglas McArthur. Following his capture by the Japanese on Bataan, he was on the notorious "Death March". He was later transported by way of Formosa, Japan, and eventually to Korea when the war ended.

After hospitalization he was assigned as advisor to the Adjutant General of Indiana. For health reasons he retired as Colonel in the regular army and made his home in Brown County, near the North Entrance of the State Park in 1950.

Col. Alexander was the recipient of the silver star, the bronze star and two purple hearts.

Surviving is his wife, Lucille, one son, Irvin, Jr., one brother in Indianapolis, one sister in Florida, and three grandchildren.

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Survived the sinking of the Oryoku Maru, December 15, 1944, and Enorua Maru, January 9, 1945, while being transported to Japan.

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Data below from:
Contributor: BarryC (47806468) * May 14, 2020


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Irvin Alexander (ASN: 0-12414), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Quartermaster Corps, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 27 January 1942, near Agloloma Bay, Bataan, Philippine Islands.

During an attack to expel an enemy landing party near Agloloma Bay, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander, then on duty with the 1st Regiment, Philippine Constabulary, learning that a company commander had been wounded and that the company was without an officer, went forward to assume command in person.

On arrival, he found the unit disorganized and by setting a personal example of courage, pushed the company forward in the face of heavy fire to within thirty-five yards of the enemy positions.

In spite of the concentration of the heaviest fire in his vicinity he continued to expose himself, encouraging and steadying his men, although severely wounded in the hand and struck in the chest, continuing to display courageous leadership until he collapsed from shock and fatigue.

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the Philippine Scouts, and the United States Army.

Brown County Democrat
January 2, 1964


COL. IRVIN ALEXANDER

Col. Irvin Alexander, 66, passed away on Christmas morning following a heart attack. Col. and Mrs. Alexander were enroute to Mexico. Full military honors were given Col. Alexander at the services held in Houston.

Burial was in the Fort Sam Houston Cemetery. Col. Alexander was born in Heltonville, Indiana.

He received his elementary education in Indiana and entered Indiana University in 1915, later enlisting in Co. I 1st Indiana Infantry in late 1915.

After the Federalization of the Indiana National Guard he was sent to Llano Grande, Texas early during the summer of 1916. He was later transferred to Machine Gun Co. of the 1st Indiana Infantry. He was warranted Corporal and was later assigned to the staff of General Edward M. Lewis, who recommended him for competitive examination to West Point from the National Guard.

He was successful and entered the Military Academy from which he graduated and was then sent to Europe just as the war ended. He later taught at West Point and studied at Columbus University, where he received his second degree. After being released from service he received his Masters degree in language at Indiana University.

After many years of service he was assigned to the Philippine Army as an advisor under General Douglas McArthur. Following his capture by the Japanese on Bataan, he was on the notorious "Death March". He was later transported by way of Formosa, Japan, and eventually to Korea when the war ended.

After hospitalization he was assigned as advisor to the Adjutant General of Indiana. For health reasons he retired as Colonel in the regular army and made his home in Brown County, near the North Entrance of the State Park in 1950.

Col. Alexander was the recipient of the silver star, the bronze star and two purple hearts.

Surviving is his wife, Lucille, one son, Irvin, Jr., one brother in Indianapolis, one sister in Florida, and three grandchildren.

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Survived the sinking of the Oryoku Maru, December 15, 1944, and Enorua Maru, January 9, 1945, while being transported to Japan.

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Data below from:
Contributor: BarryC (47806468) * May 14, 2020


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Irvin Alexander (ASN: 0-12414), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the Quartermaster Corps, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 27 January 1942, near Agloloma Bay, Bataan, Philippine Islands.

During an attack to expel an enemy landing party near Agloloma Bay, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander, then on duty with the 1st Regiment, Philippine Constabulary, learning that a company commander had been wounded and that the company was without an officer, went forward to assume command in person.

On arrival, he found the unit disorganized and by setting a personal example of courage, pushed the company forward in the face of heavy fire to within thirty-five yards of the enemy positions.

In spite of the concentration of the heaviest fire in his vicinity he continued to expose himself, encouraging and steadying his men, although severely wounded in the hand and struck in the chest, continuing to display courageous leadership until he collapsed from shock and fatigue.

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the Philippine Scouts, and the United States Army.


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