In Memory of
U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Elkton, South Dakota
Brookings County

August 8, 1904 – September 10, 1954
Died of Coronary Thrombosis at Darmstatt, Germany


Alexander R. McPherson was born August 8, 1904 in Glasgow, Scotland. He came to Elkton, South Dakota when he was 19 years old. He had three brothers and one sister. His brother, Andrew, also lived in Elkton. Alexander was known as ‘Sandy.’ He had served in both Okinawa in WW II and the Korean War before being sent to a duty station in Germany.

On September 10, 1954, Corporal Alexander R. McPherson died in Darmstatt, Germany, when he collapsed while on duty at the company motor pool. He died of coronary thrombosis. His body was returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at Fort Snelling in Minnesota.

Cpl. McPherson’s Captain sent this message about Alexander to his brother, Andrew:

As a member of the command, he was well liked by all his associates. He was an excellent soldier, performing all tasks assigned to him in a cheerful and efficient manner, winning the commendation of his immediate superiors and the respect of his comrades.

Besides Andrew and his family, Alexander was survived by his brothers, Guy and William in California, as well as another brother and sister in Scotland.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Hillary Stevens, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish South Dakota, August 1, 2004. Information for this entry was obtained from the Brookings Register dated September 26, 1954. Memorial stone photo courtesy of Derek Groft. No family contact made.