It's taken 45 years, but on Sunday, September 20th, our community will recognize the service and ultimate sacrifice of Private First Class Robert S. Alexander of Willow Grove. On that day, I will dedicate a portion of Davisville Road in Upper Moreland Township, for this extraordinary young Il Giovane Principe E La Principessa - Rimsky-Korssakoff* / Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra / Antal D who gave his life in the Vietnam War.
Bob Alexander was known to those who knew him best as 'Alex. A Prisoner of Paradox - Ectovoid - Dark Abstraction family moved to Willow Grove in the 's when his Dad was working at Standard Pressed Steel in Jenkintown as a tool and die maker.
The Alexanders were a close-knit and loving family. Alex was described as a happy-go-lucky kind of kid. Alex was a big kid who weighed aboutbut was quick and fast for a high school kid that large.
Wrestling was Alex's better sport and most meets in those days were decided by the heavyweight match. Alex's friends, known as the Broadway Boys since they lived Fine Weather - Kurt Henkels And His Dance Orchestra* - Fine Weather Broadway in Hatboro, would lead cheers for Alex with screams of "Bo-Bo" to cheer Alex on to victory. Though he was quite mechanically inclined, and liked to work on his metallic blue 4-barrel, 4-speed Chevy Bel Air convertible, Alex was also an excellent reader and enjoyed reading various types of paperbacks.
Alex's brother Gary, told me that Alex enjoyed boxing too, and taught Dicke Silke - Punk Front - Der Zweite Streich a few things during their informal bouts in their backyard on Silver Avenue.
Being a lefty, Alex was difficult with whom to box and always got the upper hand in these backyard matches with Gary and their friends. After his graduation from Upper Moreland High School, Alex worked at Henkels and McCoy, a well-known local utility construction firm still in existence.
Alex discovered that he had a talent for operating heavy equipment. Henkels and McCoy were teaching him how to operate various kinds of heavy and engineering equipment and Alex enjoyed the work very much.
Alex was accustomed to physical and hard work and the challenge of learning how to operate various types of heavy equipment was interesting for Alex. He was hoping to eventually enter the Operating Engineers Union and continue on with his training. Alex had a gift in visualizing gradients and topographical features which is very helpful in doing excavations. This was long before the technology we have today for construction and excavation sites.
Alex was like most other young men in the Class of in that he was concerned about his draft status and the possibility of his being required to serve in the military. Alex received a Fine Weather - Kurt Henkels And His Dance Orchestra* - Fine Weather low draft number suggesting he was most likely going to be drafted. He was hoping to be assigned to the U. Army before he was drafted. He was given an assurance of being able to continue his training in the operation of heavy equipment in the Army Engineers.
He enlisted about six months after his high school graduation. Alex was deployed to Vietnam in June of Alex's unit was preparing the camp for use by the 1st Air Cavalry Division by building fortifications and revetments for use by aviation and Special Forces units.
Alex was in Vietnam almost ten months when he was killed. Like all the other families who lost a loved one in the Vietnam War, the Alexanders were truly and utterly devastated at the loss of their beloved son and brother. Gary Alexander told me that his parents never ever recovered from that loss and grieved for their son, Alex, until the day they died. Sam Alexander died in Ruth Alexander died in Even Alex's former teachers at Upper Moreland High School have told me what a fine young man he was and how devastating his death was to the school community.
Robert Alexander's death in the Vietnam War brought that unpopular war to the families and homes in Upper Moreland Township. All of the sudden, the war was no longer just images Fine Weather - Kurt Henkels And His Dance Orchestra* - Fine Weather the news. In the movie Forest Gump, Forest Gump said that "some of America's finest young men fought in that war. Alexander was one of them. The public is invited to attend, with a special invitation to all Vietnam veterans. After the signs are posted along Davisville Road, people will be reminded that a young man named Robert S.
Alexander lived nearby on Silver Avenue and that he gave his life for our Braincells (Micro Scan Rmx) - Mind Storm* - Storm Riders in the Vietnam War. Thomas P. Nearby Places. Back to the Phoenixville Patch. Local News 1d Gov. Wolf, Lt. Read more local news from Phoenixville.
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