Alexander, Hugh Rossman, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Service Branch
Dental Corps
Last Primary NEC
220X-Dental Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1940-1941, 192X, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Service Years
1917 - 1941
Dental Corps
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Potters Mills
Last Address
Belleville, PA/Coronado, CA

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Not Specified
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Grave: The Unknown of the USS Oklahoma

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenPearl Harbor FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
WWII Memorial National Registry
  1941, World War II Fallen
  1941, Pearl Harbor Fallen
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WWII Memorial National Registry

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAVSTA Norfolk, VAUS NavyCommander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
  1918-1918, HA-0000, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1918-1918, HA-0000, 5th Naval District
  1929-1930, 220X, Navy Recruiting Station Philadelphia, CA
  1940-1941, 192X, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 Colleges Attended 
University of Maryland at Baltimore
  1918-1920, University of Maryland at Baltimore
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 13, 1917, Enlisted Service Date and Serial Number
  Jul 01, 1920, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jan 07, 1930, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Sep 19, 2016, General Photos3
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lieutenant Commander Hugh R. Alexander was Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pear USS Oklahoma Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA Plot: Row 1.

Cmdr. Alexander enrolled in the USNRF at Baltimore, Maryland on 13 December 1917.  He held a Certificat of Provisional Enrollment in Fifth Naval District as a Hospital Apprentice of First Class.  (His father was a physician).

Called to active duty on 5 June 1918 and served until 20 December 1918.  He received his commission on 29 June 1920 and served on active duty until his death.l Harbor.  He was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma BB-37.

Name of Award
Navy and Marine Corps Medal
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II 

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander (DC) Hugh Rossman Alexander (NSN: 0-56955), United States Navy, for heroism in operations against the enemy Japanese forces on 7 December 1941, while attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. OKLAHOMA (BB-37). Lieutenant Commander Alexander was aboard the U.S.S. OKLAHOMA during the attack made by the Japanese against the United States Naval Forces at Pearl Harbor. As a result of damage by the enemy the OKLAHOMA capsized shortly after the attack was begun, entrapping Lieutenant Commander Alexander and others in a compartment where portholes provided the only possible means of escape. Despite his knowledge of the desperate situation in which he was placed and with complete disregard for his own safety, Lieutenant Commander Alexander heroically went about the crowded compartment and deliberately selected the more slender of those entrapped whom he conducted to the portholes and aided them in making their escape through these narrow openings. Continuing his intrepid action until the end, Lieutenant Commander Alexander gallantly laid down his life in order that his shipmates might live. This action on his part rendered him individually conspicuous among his comrades and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: December 7, 1941 
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Ship: U.S.S. Oklahoma (BB-37)
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