Joseph H. Alexander

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Joseph H. Alexander (January 24, 1938 – September 28, 2014) was a retired Colonel of the United States Marine Corps and a historian.

Joseph Hammond Alexander
BornJanuary 24, 1938
Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
DiedSeptember 28, 2014
Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina
SubjectMilitary history
Notable worksUtmost Savagery: The Amphibious Seizure of Tarawa

Education[edit]

Joseph Hammond Alexander obtained master's degrees in history and national defense from North Carolina, Georgetown and Jacksonville Universities.[1] He was also a graduate from the Naval War College.[2]

Military career[edit]

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.[1] By the time he reached the rank of Colonel, he was Chief of Staff to the 3rd Marine Division.[2]

Post-Military[edit]

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.[3] He resided in Asheville, North Carolina.[4] He was a member of the board of Habitat for Humanity and volunteers as a home builder.[5] He died aged 76 in Asheville, North Carolina on September 28, 2014.[6]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Across the Reef
  • Battle of the Barricades: U.S. Marines in the recapture of Seoul OCLC 48015171
  • Edson's Raiders: The 1st Marine Raider Battalion in World War II ISBN 1557500207 OCLC 44764056
  • A Fellowship of Valor: The History of the United States Marines ISBN 0060182660 OCLC 36768068
  • Fleet operations in a mobile war: September 1950-June 1951 ISBN 0945274459 OCLC 47100999
  • Storm Landings: Epic Amphibious Battles in the Central Pacific ISBN 1557500320 OCLC 36135875
  • Sea Soldiers in the Cold War: Amphibious Warfare 1945-1991 ISBN 155750055X OCLC 30594615
  • Utmost Savagery: The Amphibious Seizure of Tarawa ISBN 1557500312 OCLC 32349301

Awards[edit]

  • Naval Institute Author of the Year in 1996
  • Naval History Author of the Year in 2010[4]
  • Theodore And Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize In Naval History in 1995[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alexander, Joseph (2001). Edson's Raiders: The 1st Marine Raider Battalion in World War II. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b Alexander, Joseph (1997). Storm Landings: Epic Amphibious Battles in the Central Pacific. Library of Congress. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ Alexander, Joseph; Horan, Don; Stahl, Nick (1997). A Fellowship of Valor: The Battle History of the United States Marines. Lou Reda Productions, Inc. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) | U.S. Naval Institute". Usni.org. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  5. ^ Alexander, Joseph (1995). Sea Soldiers in the Cold War: Amphibious Warfare 1945-1991. Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  6. ^ "Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps - U.S. Naval Institute". usni.org. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  7. ^ Joseph H. Alexander. "Utmost Savagery". Goodreads. Retrieved 2015-03-16.