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title:

Paul Edwin Alexander

image number:

P0030488

description:

On June 14, 1944 in Normandy at Picqueaville, Staff Sgt. Alexander's squad (part of the 60th Infantry) was given the mission of taking an enemy position consisting of four machine guns and 10 men supporting it with fire from automatic weapons and rifles. Alexander moved his squad forward in the face of heavy fire (including mortar and artillery). As there was no cover, Alexander lead his squad across open terrain at which time he was mortally wounded, but continued to lead his squad and direct the attack. He threw grenades into the four machine gun positions, completely silencing them and inflicting numerous enemy casualties. His actions became an inspiration to his squad who then succeeded in completing their mission. Alexander later died of his wounds. For his actions he received the Distinguished Service Cross.

date taken:

circa 1944

accession number:

2011/117

personal name:

Alexander, Paul Edwin

topic:

World War II

topic:

Uniforms

other place name:

England

series:

Individuals

subseries:

Alexander, Paul Edwin