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Marcus Mordecai Alper


Alper, Marcus Mordecai

Alper, Marcus Mordecai. b. November 8, 1910, Newark, New Jersey; Graduated from Brookline High School then attended Brown University in their class of 1933; Single; Salesman; received passport# 365580 (365500) on February 4, 1937 which listed his address as 27 Egmont Street, Brookline, and 39 Tavern Road, Boston, Massachusetts; Sailed February 10, 1937 aboard the Washington; Arrived in Spain on February 19, 1937; Served with the 86th BDE, March to July 1937, OTS August 1937, Transport September-October 1937, XV BDE Scouts October-November 1937, Albacete Estado Mayor December 1937-September 1938, served at Andulucia (Cordoba Front), Fuentes de Ebro, Teruel; with the XV BDE Estado Mayor at the end of September, Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris; WWII US Army Air Force, Instructor Gunnery School Tyndall Field, Florida; 8th Air Force Tailgunner 35 mission over Germany rank Staff Sergeant; d. May 26, 2000, Brookline, Massachusetts.

Source: Sail, SACB, Pay, XV BDE, RA, Harriman, ARP Survey; (obituary) The Volunteer, Volume 22, No. 3, Summer 2000, p. 20; Ancestry.

Photograph: Marcus Alper in Spain. RA Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 856.



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Last Name Alper
First/Middle Name Marcus Mordecai
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Additional Notes Paid his own way to Spain. Obituary - Born in Newark, Alper spent his early childhood in Mexico City, Texas, and Cuba, attended Brookline High School, and graduated from Brown University in 1933. He fought with the Lincolns in 1937 and 1938. During World War II, Alper taught aerial gunnery and aircraft recognition in Florida and Wyoming, then served with the 8th Air Force in England and flew 35 missions over Europe as a tail gunner in B-24 bombers. After World War II, Alper rejoined his family food brokerage, where he worked until his retirement in 1969. During the McCarthy era, he appeared as an unfriendly witness before the House Committee on Un- American Activities and the Joint Investigative Committee of the Massachusetts House and Senate. He remained a lifelong supporter of progressive ideals and causes. Marcus Alper of Brookline, Massachusetts, a Lincoln vet and retired food broker, died in May 2000 at the age of 89.