Conflict: World War II
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Unit: Co. A, 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division
Rank: Assistant Cook
Death: 22 July 1944
Cemetery: Initially buried 24 July 1944 at the Army, Navy & Marine Cemetery #1, row #3, grave #14, Guam, Marianas Islands; later removed and re-interred at Mountain View Cemetery, Greer, Greenville Co., S.C.
Medals / Citations / Awards: Navy Unit Commendation with ribbon bar, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Victory Medal World War II.
Arthur Jennings Alexander was born 30 August 1923 in Poplar Springs, S.C., a son of Arthur Frank and Rosabell Alexander. At the time of Arthur’s death, they lived on Route 4, Greer, S.C. He had siblings: Ethel Alexander Edens, Grady J. and Melvin N.
He completed the 8th grade in school. He enlisted 14 July 1942 in the 8th recruitment Battalion and went to the receiving depot at Parris Island. He was promoted from private to assistant cook on 16 November 1943. In February 1944, he successfully completed a two-week course of instruction at the Division Bakery. He was wounded in action when a mortar shell fell into his foxhole and died 22 July 1944 in Guam, Marianas Islands. His body was recovered from the beach and taken on board the USS Rixey. He had extensive wounds to his right thighs, legs, and arms. He was initially buried 24 July 1944 at the Army, Navy & Marine Cemetery #1, row #3, grave #14, Guam, Marianas Islands. His family requested his body be returned to the U.S. 15 August 1947. This request was approved 17 September 1947 and his body was returned 22 March 1948 for final burial at Mountain View Cemetery, Greer, Greenville Co., S.C. Wood’s Mortuary Inc., West Poinsett St. Greenville, SC, was in charge of the burial.
Picture of his tombstone