James Hines Alexander

Chief Warrant Officer
Army of the United States
27 July 1938 - 07 February 1970
Lizton, Indiana
Panel 14W Line 110

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Air Medal, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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07 Nov 1998

My Dad's name is on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, panel 14W, line 110

610th Transportation Company, Camp Viking, Da Nang,
1335 hrs, 23 JAN 1970

Earlier on Friday, 23 Jan 1970, My father, CWO2 James H. (Jim) Alexander, had instructed a regular private to get a military hair cut and report to him at 1330. The private reported as ordered, but did not have his hair cut. My father, along with the private's squad leader, proceeded to escort the private to the barber shop. Somewhere along the way, the private pulled a fragmentation grenade from his pocket, yelled, "I have been to the barber, and I do not want to get another hair cut!". The private pulled the pin on the grenade and let the spoon fly. Eye witnesses state that the private made a motion to throw the grenade into a group of soldiers playing volleyball. My father struggled with the private, grasping the hand that held the grenade, while he tried to remove the private to an area where several Conex containers would shield the blast.

The grenade exploded.

Back in Pennsylvania, I had just turned six.

( Eyewitness accounts from the CID report about the incident. )

I would like to hear from men who knew my dad.
Please send email to me.
Robert "Big" Alexander

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28 Aug 2006

Once again I was moved by The Virtual Wall
Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

My cousin Jim died a true hero.
One who gave his life to save others.

Endless thanks to all Americans who work and sacrifice to serve America and, thereby, all the world. Rest in peace and honor, Jim.

From a cousin.
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09 Jan 2007

From a fellow soldier,
610th Transportation Co, Viking Compound 1969-1971.

Mackwell Etris

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his son,
Robert (Big) Alexander

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Mar 1998
Last updated 05/17/2007