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 John Joseph Alexander

John Joseph Alexander

Death 23 Apr 1945
Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
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Memorial ID 56649391 · View Source
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Son of Mrs. Rose Alexander.

John served as a Fireman First Class, USS Eagle Boat 56 (PE-56), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Verplanck, Westchester County, New York prior to the war.

John was declared "Missing In Action" when the Eagle was torpedoed and sunk by German U-Boat U-853 off the coast of Portland, Maine during the war. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Only 13 of the 67 crew members of the Eagle survived. The loss was classified as a boiler explosion until 2001 when historical evidence convinced the US Navy to reclassify the sinking as a combat loss due to enemy action.

Service # 8164878


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56649391
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Joseph Alexander (unknown–23 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56649391, citing East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .