Alexander, Donald Ray, SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B20-Infantry Team Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 11B20, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment/C Company
Service Years
1968 - 1969

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Socorro, NM
Last Address
Socorro, NM

Casualty Date
Mar 22, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Socorro Cemetery - Socorro, New Mexico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28W 007

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment196th Infantry Brigade (Light) 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1968-1969, 11B20, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment/C Company
  1968-1969, 11B20, 196th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1968-1969, 11B20, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Donald Ray Alexander, United States Army, for gallantry in action against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam.

Specialist Fourth Class Alexander distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 21 March 1969 while serving as a squad leader with the first platoon of Company C, 2d Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division.

On that date, Specialist Alexander's squad was conducting a combat sweep of a suspected hostile mortar site near Tien Phouc when it came under intense small arms and automatic weapons fire from an enemy force of undetermined size. Although critically wounded during the initial burst of fire, Specialist Alexander maneuvered through the enemy barrage to the base of his squad.

Taking command of the situation, he moved his squad into a defensive position and directed his men to place heavy volumes of suppressive fire on the enemy forces. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Specialist Alexander radioed for reinforcements while continuing to keep the enemy contained with effectively placed fire.

Through his initiative and leadership, he was successful in keeping the numerically superior enemy force pinned down until relief arrived. Specialist Fourth Class Alexander's personal heroism, professional competence, and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Americal Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Americal Division, General Orders No. 2913 (April 23, 1969)
Action Date: Vietnam War
Service: Army
Rank: Specialist Fourth Class
Company: Company C
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade
Division: Americal Division
   
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