Berry, Alexander Rae, Capt

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Last Primary MOS
7302-Pilot VMF
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 7598, Prisoner of War
Service Years
1941 - 1944



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Casualty Info
Home Town
La Jolla
Last Address
La Jolla, Calif

Casualty Date
Mar 15, 1944
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
Solomon Islands
World War II
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 78 Site 930-934

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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, The Basic School (Quantico, VA)
 Unit Assignments
Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Pensacola, FLVMTB-143Prisoner of War
  1940-1941, 7599, Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Pensacola, FL
  1942-1944, 7598, VMTB-143
  1943-1944, 7598, Prisoner of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended
University of Florida
  1932-1936, University of Florida
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Last Known Activity

Capt. Berry was shot down by the Japanese over Rabaul, New Britain on 3 March 1943.  He was captured and held as a POW until 15 March 1944 whenhe and others were executed.

. . . It's also known that he was one of the at least 31 American and Australian servicemen murdered by the Japanese on 5 March 1944, while being held as POWs in the Tunnel Hill site, Rabaul POW Camp, New Britain 4-152.  (There are reports that Lt. Tuck was also captured by the Kempeitai and placed in the POW compound.)

PFC McCleaf has a memorial marker in Harbough Church Cemetery, Rouzerville, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

Group Burial 7748-GB-125   contains the remains of 21 of the men murdered by the Japanese.  Their remains were recovered and interred in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Missouri. Following their execution, the Japanese cremated the remains and buried them in a single site.

1st. Lt. Alston F. Sugden (USAAF navigator)
Sgt. Raymond J. Farnell, Jr. (USAAF gunner)
1st Lt. Thomas F. Doyle (USAAF bombardier)

1st Lt. Walter T. Mayberry (USMC  F4U pilot)
PFC Paul F. McCleaf (USMC gunner)
Capt. Alexander R. Berry (USMC TBF pilot)

1st Lt. Andrew J. Borders, Jr. (USAAF P-40F pilot)
2nd Lt. Herschel D. Evans (USAAF co-pilot)
1st Lt. Donald L. Stookey (USAAF pilot)
Major Ralph Cheli (USAAF pilot, Awarded Medal of Honor)
2nd Lt. Joseph W. Hill (USAAF P-40F pilot)
1st Lt. John P. Cox (USAAF pilot P-38H)

SSgt. Romulus F. Mull (USAAF gunner)
SSgt. Edward T. Constantin (USAAF gunner)
Sgt. Vincent Wasilevski (USAAF asst. flight engineer)
SSgt. Lawson Stewart (USAAF flight engineer)
1st Lt. Anthony Kuhn (USAAF bombardier)
Major Frederick K. Koebig (USAAF navigator)
SSgt. William C. Harris (USAAF gunner)

TSgt. John M. Barron (USAAF radio operator)
Sgt. Michael H. Kicera USAAF flight engineer)
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