Re: Curtis Alexander
Good morning, Theresa !
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I want to fill in a gap for you and your mother, related to the demise of James Curtis Alexander.
From the information listed at ABMC, we know that Curtis was a member of 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, and that he was KIA 31 May 44, in Italy.
My referenceconfirms that the 45th ID was assigned to
VI Corps from 13 Aug 43.
30 May 1944:
"In the US Fifth Army sector, the Germans hold their positions between Albabo and Velletri, in spite of repeated attacks by the numerically superior Allied forces."
31 May 1944.
"The American VI and II Corps receive orders to mount an offensive against the Alban Hills. Albano (a German position) still holds out against attacks by the US VI Corps."
Stanton's "WW II Order of Battle" presents this account for the action:
"The 179th IR and 180th IR attacked up Albano Road on
29 May 44, and by 4 Jun 44, the division had secured crossings north of Rome."
Thus, Curtis would most likely died during the attack, either on the Albano Road or at Albano.
I hope that you will find this information of benefit and comfort.
With best regards to you and your mother.
Louie F. Turner.