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Alexander Lawton Ford

Date of birth: November 5, 1905
Date of death: September 5, 1994
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: Georgia, Savannah
Home of record: Savannah Georgia

Alexander Force graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, Class of 1927. He retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral in 1951.


Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting Legion of Merit to Captain Alexander Lawton Ford, United States Coast Guard, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commander, Escort Division TWENTY-FIVE. From April to September 1944, he engaged in escort duty and antisubmarine patrols in support of operations in Western New Guinea and in the Halmaheras. In addition he participated in the assault landings at Aitape, Humboldt Bay Tanamerah, Biak and Norotai. By his sound judgment able seamanship and professional skill he contributed materially to the success of the amphibious campaigns in the Southwest Pacific Area.

General Orders: U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office

Action Date: April - September 1945

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Captain