Sumner Mervin Alpert

Sumner Mervin Alpert

Birth
Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 29 Jun 1955 (aged 33)
Alaska, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot Section AI Site 194
Memorial ID 275959 · View Source
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Sumner was the son of Michael S. and Dorothy Steinman Alpert and the spouse of Maidie Alpert.

Captain Sumner M. Alpert was killed when a transport type aircraft, C-47A #43-15594 crashed on Sitkinak Island, Alaska, 29 June 1955, while on a flight out of Kodiak Naval Air Station, Alaska, to drop fuel supplies at the government/military outpost located on the island. He was the pilot in command and one of seven military personnel on board. The plane was circling to pinpoint the supply drop location when it experienced a downdraft from the nearby ridge of mountains, and the aircraft did not have sufficient speed to maintain altitude.

Ten men in total gave their lives that day, seven military and three civilians.

The military men were:
Capt. Sumner M. Alpert,
Second Lt. Tullie Warren Moore,
PFC Thomas M. Gravel,
A/2C Harold D. Bohm,
SFC John Murl Claxton,
A/1C George William Hart, and
Cpl Richard Langdon.

The civilians were employees of Western Electric Company:
Louis Julius Houck,
Kurt Alfred Hentschke, Sr., and
John Joseph Dupre.

NOTE: Thank you to everyone who has helped me locate all these men especially B24CoPilotNiece for supplying much of this information and for helping me in my research. Visit her contributor page for other military information.


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  • Maintained by: glenda (contributor #47305349)
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 275959
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sumner Mervin Alpert (20 Feb 1922–29 Jun 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 275959, citing Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by glenda (contributor #47305349) (contributor 47305349) .