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Lifetime: 1938 - 2014 Passed: ≈ 9 years ago




United States

Joseph H. Alexander

Joseph H. Alexander was a Colonel of the United States Marine Corps and a historian.

Joseph Hammond Alexander obtained master's degrees in history and national defense from North Carolina, Georgetown and Jacksonville Universities. He was also a graduate from the Naval War College.

Joseph Alexander served in the Marine Corps for 29 years. He had been in command of a company during his time in Vietnam and then a battalion in Okinawa. He later served in amphibious ships at sea for five years. By the time he reached the rank of Colonel, he was Chief of Staff to the 3rd Marine Division.

When Joseph Alexander retired, he began a new career as a writer. He worked with Lou Reda Productions as chief historian and scriptwriter for their documentaries, which were aired on the History Channel of the Arts and Entertainment Network. He resided in Asheville, North Carolina. He was a member of the board of Habitat for Humanity and volunteers as a home builder. He died aged 76 in Asheville, North Carolina on September 28, 2014.

Books by Joseph H. Alexander

The Final Campaign: Marines in the Victory on Okinawa Cover image

The Final Campaign: Marines in the Victory on Okinawa

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The three-month-long battle of Okinawa covered a 700-mile arc from Formosa to Kyushu and involved a million combatants--Americans, Japanese, British, and native Okinawans. With a magnitude that rivaled the Normandy invasion the previous June, the bat...

Closing In: Marines in the Seizure of Iwo Jima  Cover image

Closing In: Marines in the Seizure of Iwo Jima

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Sunday, 4 March 1945, marked the end of the second week of the U.S. invasion of Iwo Jima. By this point the assault elements of the 3d, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions were exhausted, their combat efficiency reduced to dangerously low levels. The thril...

Across the Reef: The Marine Assault of Tarawa Cover image

Across the Reef: The Marine Assault of Tarawa

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"Tarawa Atoll is 2085 miles southwest of Pearl Harbor and 540 miles southeast of Kwajalein in the Marshalls. Betio is the principal island in the atoll. The Japanese seized Tarawa from the British within the first three days after Pearl Harbor. In Au...