JAMES B ALEXANDER JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 1E, LINE 87 OF THE WALL

JAMES BLAIR ALEXANDER JR

WALL NAME

JAMES B ALEXANDER JR

PANEL / LINE

1E/87

DATE OF BIRTH

10/07/1925

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/10/1965

HOME OF RECORD

DOVER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Tuscarawas County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP5

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LEFT FOR JAMES BLAIR ALEXANDER JR
POSTED ON 2.6.2024

Attack on the Viet Cuong Hotel - February 10, 1965

On the evening of February 10, 1965, the bachelor’s enlisted men’s quarters for the 140th Transportation Detachment (Cargo Helicopter Field Maintenance) at the Viet Cuong Hotel in Qui Nhon in Binh Dinh Province, RVN, was the target of a Viet Cong (VC) terrorist attack. At 8:05 PM, two VC killed the South Vietnamese guards posted outside the building enabling two more VC to place satchel charges at the main door. A 100-pound plastic charge destroyed the central staircase supporting the hotel. Lacking reinforced concrete or reinforcing bars, the four-story building immediately crumbled into a pile of rubble 30 feet high. Forty-three men were in their rooms or the bar on the ground floor when the blast occurred. Effective rescue operations were delayed until dawn after the VC took out the local power station causing a blackout. Without proper equipment, recovery of the trapped enlisted men moved slowly. Rescuers dug for eight straight hours while trapped men cried out for their mothers, putting some rescuers in tears while searching for them. One rescuer was awarded the Silver Star medal for risking his life crawling through the twisted wreckage as it shifted and settled. It took 35 hours before the last trapped American was taken out alive. A total of 23 GI’s were killed. All but one belonged to the 140th Transportation Detachment. The other was a Green Beret whose remains took six days to find. Special Forces Staff Sergeant Merle O. Van Alstine, on his third tour of Vietnam, was in the bar when the attack occurred. He reportedly engaged two VC on a motorbike with his sidearm seconds before the explosion. In addition, seven South Vietnamese women and children were killed by the explosion. The lost U.S. personnel included SP5 James B. Alexander Jr., SP5 Everett L. Anderson, PFC Paul E. Bays, SP4 Tommy J. Belcher, PFC Robert J. Betz, SP5 David N. Clayton, SP5 Clarence L Coleman, PFC Delmer L. Ferris, SP5 Glenn H. Kelley, PFC Dallas Lawson, PFC Larry B. McClanahan, SP5 Robert S Mosier, PFC Walter L. Rickard, SP5 Harry E. Rowley, SP5 Ernest M. Schultz, PFC Peter A. Semmer (died of injuries 02/11/1965), SP4 Robert L. Simon, SP4 Harry L. Summers, SSG Francis J. Valkos, SSG Merle O. Van Alstine, PVT Melvin L. Waters, SP4 Lavon S. Wilson, and PFC Floyd Wynn. All 21 of the surviving 140th members required evacuation stateside for their injuries. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and a VFW Magazine article by Richard Fournier (February 2015)]
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POSTED ON 9.22.2022
POSTED BY: ANON

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Never forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 10.7.2021
POSTED BY: Donnq Moore

Happy Heavenly Birthday

You will forever remain in our hearts and prayers
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POSTED ON 10.5.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 4.17.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

As long as you are remembered you will always be with us.
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