Alexander, Richard Carl, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
51L-Refrigeration Specialist
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 51L, 5th Transportation Company (Heavy Boat)
Service Years
1969 - 1970

Specialist 4

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Clarion, PA
Last Address
Clarion, PA

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 1970
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Vehicle Loss, Crash
Vinh Long (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
New Rehoboth-Greenville Presbyterian Church Cemetery - Strattanville, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07W 054

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1969, 1st Battalion, 2nd Training Brigade (Fort Jackson, SC), A/2
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
159th Transportation Battalion4th Transportation Command5th Transportation Company (Heavy Boat)
  1970-1970, 51L, 159th Transportation Battalion
  1970-1970, 51L, 4th Transportation Command
  1970-1970, 51L, 5th Transportation Company (Heavy Boat)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
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"Sp/4 Richard C. Alexander, 20, died Friday, Sept. 11, 1970 in Vietnam of injuries received there August 30 when he was struck by a military vehicle according to word received late Monday night by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pressley R. Alexander of RD 1, Clarion.

A representative of the Army from Mercer notified them of the death of their son by delivering a telegram which stated in part, that he died as a result of the injuries previously reported to you.

The first telegram from the Secretary of the Army stated that he had received crushing injuries to his chest and abdomen, the right lobe of the liver and fractures of eight ribs. A second telegram received early last week reported that he was still in critical condition with morale good and progress fair. The Alexanders were told Monday they would be contacted by someone from the Indiantown Gap Military Reservation within 24 to 72 hours with more information and further details.

A 1968 graduate of Clarion  Limestone High School, Alexander entered the service in May of last year. He had worked for a year at the Owens  Illinois Glass Company at Brockport, N. Y. before entering the service.

After completing basic training at Ft. Jackson, S.C., he served a six months tour of duty in Germany. Following a 45 day leave at home this summer, he was sent to Ft. Lewis, Wash. and then to Vietnam. He had only been there about six weeks when he was injured and had written home about serving on a barge transporting Army equipment.

Born August 9, 1950 in Clarion, he was a son of Pressley and Mary Glinkerman Alexander. Surviving along with his parents, are three brothers, Roy, David and John at home; a sister, Brenda at home, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Myrtle Glinkerman of Summerville. A sister, Catherine Jane, died in 1966. The Robert V. Burns Funeral Home in Clarion will be in charge of funeral arrangements to be announced pending the arrival of the body from overseas."

Source: The Clarion News (PA), Fri., Sept. 18, 1970, p1

CLARION - Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Robert B. Burns Funeral Home at Clarion for 20 year old army Sp. - 4 Richard Alexander of Clarion R D 1 who died in a hospital in Saigon, Friday, September 11.

Death was caused by internal injuries incurred by the young soldier August 30 when he was struck by a military vehicle. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Pressley R. Alexander, Rev. Olin. N. Race of Limestone will officiate. Interment will be in the New Rehoboth Cemetery. Friends may call after 7 p.m. today at the funeral home."  Source: The Derrick, Oil City, Pa. Tues. Sept. 19, 1970. p6
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