Alford, John Cox B., PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1941-1942, 521, HHC, 1st Battalion, 31st Infantry
Service Years
1941 - 1942

Private First Class

One Overseas Service Bar

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Center, Shelby County
Last Address
Tenaha, Texas

Casualty Date
Apr 08, 1942
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Remains not recovered

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen [Verified]

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Philippine Division1st Battalion, 31st Infantry
  1941-1942, Philippine Division
  1941-1942, 521, HHC, 1st Battalion, 31st Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Private John Alford enlisted in the Army infantry on 3 September 1941 in Houston, Texas.

In the Philippines, he served with Company A, 31st Infantry Regiment.

He was one of the men who was forced to surrender on 9 April.  His primary POW camp was at Cabanatuan.

Apparently he went missing on 7 May. 1942

He has a memorial marker at Enterprise Cemetery Shelby County Texas.

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This note refers to him being killed on an earlier date, and not taken POW, i.e. that was Killed in Action on 8 April 1942, at the Alangan River Line when it was overrun by the Japanese. Source not known from original researcher.  But, appear at


Was there possible initial assignment to the AAC in the P.I.? There is no information as to what training he underwent prior to service in the P.I., though possibly based at Nichols Army Air Field near Manilla.  (Some family records point to that, and that he was killed there.)

On 26 December 1941, all Far East Air Force personnel were disbursed to bases in Luzon. Like many other former AAC personnel, he was shortly reassigned to the 31st Infantry where many soldiers from various other non-infantry units were assigned.
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