Woodbury County

Lt. James H. Alexander



James H. Alexander, Jr. 1619 W. Fifth Street, has been commissioned an ensign in the naval aviation corps. Ensign Alexander is the son of Mrs. Pearl Alexander and was appointed a naval aviation cadet July 24, 1941.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, February 28, 1942

Decorated for Heroic Flying

Secretary of the Navy Knox announced Thursday that Lieut. James Herbert Alexander, son of Mrs. Pearl Anderson, 1619 W. Fifth Street, has been awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his part in piloting a patrol bomber which beat off an attack by six or more twin-engine German fighters.

The citation said Alexander’s skillful maneuvering made it possible for his gunner to send one enemy plane crashing into the water and damage four others, although he was severely wounded in the head.

On January 28, 1943, Lieut. Alexander’s name was featured in Associated Press dispatches after he was decorated by Admiral W.F. Halsey for plotting a perfect course for a bombing mission to New Georgia Island. The air medal was awarded for his part in the rescue of the crew of a B-17 bomber which had been disabled in a flight over Tonolei Island and forced down near Villa Lanelli Island, both in the Solomon’s group.

In February he returned to Sioux City on furlough before reporting to San Diego last March. Since that time he has been stationed on the east coast and in England. In September his mother received word from the Navy that he was missing in action but the following month he phoned her from a city in Virginia that he was safe.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, November 19, 1943 (photo included)