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
Born January 24, 1938
Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
Died September 28, 2014
Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina
Subject Military history
Notable works Utmost Savagery: The Amphibious Seizure of Tarawa


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]


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]


  • 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]


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