Alex L. Platt

Sergeant Alex L. Platt
– Company F, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division –
MIA Date: 6 Sept 1944

Sergeant Alex L. Platt

Sergeant Alex L. Platt

Alex L. Platt was born to parents Floyd and Elma Platt on September 1st,1923 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

He enlisted in the US Army on February 2nd, 1943 at Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

At the moment we are still researching Alex L. Platt. We do know that he went Missing In Action during the Meuse River crossings in Belgium. A report indicates Sergeant Platt, together with Private First Class Robert L. Kahn (HQ Company, 2nd Battalion), disappeared on the 6th of September 1944 in the vicinity of Heer, Belgium when his unit, F Company, was cut off by enemy forces. The company was driven into a wooded section and subjected to continuous point blank gunfire by enemy tanks, machine guns and mortars.

Later, a search of the area failed to reveal the whereabouts of both men.
What we can determine is that he probably went Missing In Action during the Meuse River crossings in Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

During his time of service in the US Army, 3 of his brothers were also serving their country. The Evening Times published a small article about the Platt Brothers on November 18th, 1944:

Newspaper clipping Platt Brothers

Newspaper clipping Platt Brothers

Sergeant Platt’s name can be found on the Wall of Missing at the Ardennes Cemetery.

We are still searching for more information about Alex L. Platt.
Please contact us if you can provide more information about his life and service before and during World War 2.

A special thank you to Erwin Derhaag for providing me the article and picture of Sgt. Platt.