Thursday, August 9, 2018
Hugh Rossman Alexander Receives Silver Star Posthumously
From the April 2, 2018, DVIDS "World War II-era Navy dental officer posthumously awarded th Silver Star for heroism during Pearl Harbor attack."
Lt. Cmdr. Hugh Rossman Alexander's Silver Star was accepted by his daughter Gloria Alexander Rogers on April 2.
He was the senior dental officer on the USS Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. While trapped in a small compartment, he assisted many sailors in escaping through a very small 14-inch porthole as the ship turned over. He personally selected slender men to escape.
Lt. Cmdr. Alexander has already received the Navy and Marine Corps Medals and the Purple Heart. The Silver Star is the military's third highest medal.
His body was buried with the Oklahoma Unknowns and evidently hasn't been identified yet.