John Alexander (56-59)

John is awarded his second Air Force Commendation Medal
for his management of an emergency disaster relief project
while serving at the US Embassy in Skopje, Yugoslavia in the early 1960's.

John was the NCOIC of Operations during his tour in Berlin.
He retired at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant,
was a BIA Hall of Fame Inductee and a Patron of the Association.

His obituary follows:

John Brian Alexander

John Brian Alexander of Palm Coast, Florida passed way on April 12th, 2010.

Born October 27th, 1923 in Andover, Massachusetts, he attended Central Catholic High school in Lawrence, Massachusetts. After graduating he volunteered for the United States Army in early 1942. He took part in four European campaigns: the D - Day Invasion at Utah Beach, the liberation of Paris, the Battle of the Bulge and the final liberation of Europe. For his WW II service he was awarded the Bronze Star among other medals.

In 1946 he joined the Army Air Force and was posted to the Pacific. He served in 20th Air Force’s 19th Bomb Group during the Korean War in the legendary B-29 “No Sweat”. After the war he was assigned to witness “Operations Crossroads”: the first hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. Later he attended language school at Syracuse University where he studied Russian. In his post Korean War service he was stationed in Berlin, Moscow, Belgrade and Fort Meade, Maryland. He retired from active military service in 1966 and served in the Air Force Reserve until 1972.

In 1967 he was recruited by the National Security Agency and served as an intelligence analyst and branch chief until his retirement in 1974. After retirement he enrolled at the University of New Hampshire and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. For his service he was awarded the Joint Services Commendation medal and the Air Force Commendation medal on two occasions. He was inducted into the Berlin Island Association’s Hall of Fame in 2004 for recognition of his service in Berlin during the height of the Cold War.

He is survived by his two sons, Kirk Alexander of Williamsburg, Virginia and Mark Alexander of New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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