Warrior Wednesday: LCpl Clemon Alexander #NeverForgotten

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LCpl Clemon Alexander
Sep. 4, 1957 to Oct. 23, 1983

LCpl Clemon Alexander  Photo provided by Karl & Lisa Wittstruck and Find A Grave

LCpl Clemon Alexander
Photo provided by Karl & Lisa Wittstruck and Find A Grave

LCpl Alexander was one of the 241 U.S. Servicemen killed in a single strike, when a terrorist truck bomb ripped through the United States Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983.

This bombing drove the military from its peacekeeping mission in Lebanon and provided a blueprint for attacking Americans.

“Clemon was born into a military family like most have never seen. His grandfather fought in World War I. His father and five uncles were in World War II, some volunteers, others drafted. His oldest brother, Clarence Alexander Jr., was a captain in the Marine Corps. His other brother, Winfred, was the first black cadet commander for the University of Florida’s ROTC program and went on to retire as a major in the Army.”

In a letter to his sister in May 1983, he had this to say:

“I had a choice of staying behind in the U.S. or making this trip. I chose to come. I think it a good cause.”

For more information about Clemon Alexander read this great article at Leatherneck.com.

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The protagonist of my WID is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.
  • Michele Jones

    Missy, thanks for sharing. My heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones. Thank you for keeping their memory alive.