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Cheevers added that the remains of naval officers Charles Flusser and Samuel Preston—two of Cushing’s close friends who had died in battle—were reinterred nearby in the cemetery “so they would all be together for eternity on top of that hill overlooking the Severn River.” Also nearby, several paces from Cushing’s monument, is Christopher Rodgers’ grave.

As Naval History ’s staff was closing in on this issue’s deadline, we received the sad news that longtime friend and contributor Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) had passed away (see “Naval History News,” p. 32). I credit Joe Alexander with being partially responsible for me ending up as editor of Naval History . Having edited several of his articles at my previous job, I called him 9½ years ago to get his thoughts about the magazine and the Naval Institute and to ask if I could use him as a reference.

He was always a pleasure to talk with and generous with sage advice. The gifted writer and historian’s articles were “easy edits” that required no fact-checking. Moreover, Colonel Alexander was deeply invested in the Marine subjects he wrote about. An assault amphibian officer while on active duty, he later chronicled Pacific war amphibious assaults in books and articles.

Alexander had been close friends with Eugene Sledge, author of the classic Marine war memoir With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa , and wrote the introduction to the 1996 Naval Institute Press edition of the book. Three years later, he joined Sledge’s son, Henry, on a trip to remote Peleliu to visit where the 1st Marine Division veteran had fought. Alexander’s article about the battle there, “A Bitter Hemorrhage of Fighting” (April 2010, pp. 44–50), earned him Naval History Author of the Year honors.

Richard G. Latture , Editor-in-Chief


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