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Alexander Marvin Ralph

Monuments

Greater Love Plaque

 

Name:
Marvin Ralph Alexander
Rank:
Private First Class
Serial Number:
34673896
Unit:
607th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company
Date of Death:
1944-04-28
State:
North Carolina
Cemetery:
Cambridge American Cemetery, United Kingdom
Plot:
Tablets of the Missing
Row:
Grave:
Decoration:
Purple Heart
Comments:

Marvin Ralph Alexander was born on April 6, 1925 in Chowan County, North Carolina. He was the son of Samuel Thomas Alexander and Ella Holmes Alexander. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Private First Class in the 607th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company. He was killed during the Exercise Tiger--one of the large-scale rehearsals for the D-Day invasion of Normandy. This took place in April 1944 in Slapton Sands, Devon in the UK. An Allied naval convoy involved in the exercise was attacked by German submarines, and coordination and communication problems resulted in friendly fire deaths. At least 749 American servicemen were killed. Because of the impending invasion of Normandy, the incident was highly classified and the full story did not come out until years later after the war. He was declared "Missing in Action" on April 28, 1944 and is commemorated on Tablets of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, United Kingdom.