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Richard K. Alexander

Private, U.S. Marine Corps

1731702

United States Marine Corps

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: September 11, 1942
Buried at: Locustwood Cemetery
                  Route 70 & Cooper Landing Road
                  Cherry Hill NJ


PRIVATE RICHARD E. “DUKE” ALEXANDER was the son of Nathan P. and Gertrude Alexander. Born in Pennsylvania in 1920, his father was an electrician foreman for the Reading Railroad. By 1930 the family had bought a home at 504 Park Avenue in Laurel Springs NJ. Richard Alexander graduated from Collingswood High School in 1939, where he had starred in track, and continued to excel in that sport at the University of Maryland. He left school to join the United States Marine Corps on March 4, 1942, reporting to Parris Island. He was sent to New River NC on May 4th, and went overseas to Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942, and was killed in action on September 11, at the age of 21. He received posthumously the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and a Presidential Citation.

In his last letter home he wrote “You have nothing to worry about. It is the same story, the Marines having the situation well in hand” (Marine Recruiting Notes Vol. 3 #49 2/23/1948). 

The Knight, yearbook published by Collingswood High School, wrote "Richard K. (Duke) Alexander, died with the same "will to win" that made him the greatest track star in Collingswood's history. He lost his life while fighting with the marines on Guadalcanal."

Richard Alexander was survived by his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Alexander of 504 Park Avenue, Laurel Springs NJ, and an older brother Nathan Patterson Alexander Jr.. After the war, his body was brought home, and he is buried at Locustwood Cemetery in what is now Cherry Hill NJ.


Camden Courier-Post * Ociober 17, 1942

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Courier-Post

February 10, 1948

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March 3, 1948

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Richard Alexander


BRANCH OF SERVICE
U.S. Marine Corps

HOMETOWN
Laurel Springs, NJ

HONORED BY
Mr. William H. Aydelotte

 
ACTIVITY DURING WWII
ENLISTED MARCH 4TH 1942 - LOST HIS LIFE SEPTEMBER 1942 AT GUADALCANAL. HE WAS 21 YEARS OLD.

 


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