Servicemen in a forest

Gift in Memory of Rayford Edwin Alexander

Photograph. Two American servicemen standing next one another; dense forest is in the background. Personal caption on reverse: "William Thompson / 33 East Second St. / Lansdale, Pa." Official censorship stamp on reverse: "Passed For Personal Use Only / 6 JAN 1945." Location unknown. Circa 1944

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Items from the service of Technician Fourth Grade Rayford Alexander, who was a surgical technician in the medical detachment of the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division in the European Theater of Operations. Rayford Edwin Alexander was born on 27 April 1922 in York, Alabama. He was working for Alabama, Tennessee & Northern Railroad when he was inducted into the United States Army on 26 November 1942. On 18 January 1944, Alexander shipped out to the European Theater of Operations and arrived in England on 29 January. He participated in the Normandy Campaign, the Rhineland Campaign, and the Battle of the Bulge during his tour in Europe. Alexander was sent back to the United States on 2 July 1945 and was honorably discharged on 1 October. By the late 1950s, he had moved to Pensacola, Florida, and remained there until his death on 12 April 2001, Items from the service include a unit history book and booklet as well as photographs predominantly from Alexander's service in Europe.