The Vietnam War

Those Who Served From
Henderson County TN


The Purple Heart medal was presented the widow and three children of Sgt. James A. Alexander Saturday at their home near Lexington. Making the presentation was Lt. Col. Henry Edwards of the Memphis Subsector Command. He also presented Mrs. Virginia Woods ALexander and the children a certificate for the medal.

Mrs. Alexander has since received notification that her husband was promoted posthumously to the rank of platoon sergeant. Colonel Edwards read the certificate for the medal in the presence of a few friends and relatives. Sgt. Alexander was buried in Memory Gardens March 17 following services at Sand Ridge. He was killed in Vietnam March 6, 1966. The three children are Steven Allen, 14; Rex Glen, 13; and Linda Darlene, 10. He was a son of Mrs. John Alexander of Tupelo Mississippi.

This article is from the Lexington Progress but undated as is the one following.

Henderson County's first fatality of the war in Vietnam has been decoratd posthumously for bravery in action. The Bronze Star medal was awarded S/Sgt. J.H. Alexander, who was killed March 6, 1966.

Mrs. Alexander, her sons, Steve and Rex, and daughter, Linda, were presented the medal and citation June 30 by Lt. Col. Henry Edwards. Colonel Edwards a few weeks earlier had presented the Purple Heart medal to the family.

A letter from Capt. Robert C. Harlee, Chaplain with the 2nd Bn. 327th Inf. 101st Airborne Division, to the family gave an indication of Sgt. ALexander's heroic action. "I am sure that you know by n ow that he died going to the aid of a wounded man under heavy enemy fire," the chaplains wrote. "This not only showed his courage and bravery, it was also typical of his compassion and helpful spirit in any and all circumstances. I am reminded o fthe words of Jesus: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

"You can be justly proud of him and the life he led before his men over here. He was extremely p roud of you, his family, and a close friend of mine. He has told me on several occasions that Sgt. Alexander was the most reliable and trustworthy man in his platoon. Coming from this man, this is one of the finest tributes I know about.

I want to assure you that you do not mourn alone; there are friends here who mourn his death with you. The entire Battalion Headquarters was shocked and stunned at his death.

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