Leland G. Alexander 1918 - 2005 Leavenworth
Services for Col. Leland G. "Alex" Alexander, 87, Great Bend, will be at 11:45 a.m. today at Fort Leavenworth Memorial Chapel. Burial with military honors will follow in Leavenworth National Cemetery.Mr. Alexander died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2004, at Great Bend Health and Rehab Center.He was born Aug. 3, 1918, in Sedan, the son of Guy W. and Cora Tresner Alexander. He graduated from the University of Maryland and received his master's degree from George Washington University.Mr. Alexander served in the U.S. Marine Corps form 1940 to 1972. He served during World War II, where he was part of a unit known as Carlson's Raiders and fought on Iwo Jima, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He received a battlefield commission to Second Lieutenant and earned many citations, including a Bronze Star. He was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, was an instructor of ROTC at Kansas University, and retired as Chief of the Marine Corps Element at CGSC.He married Bernice "Betti" L. Ladue on July 28, 1944, in Schenectady, N.Y. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include two daughters, Cherie Orth, Council Grove, and Diane Trueblood, Parker, Colo.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.The family suggests memorials to Toys for Tots, sent in care of Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapels, 500 Oak St., Leavenworth 66048.