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[courtesy of D. Snyder]

Draft record for Jess M. Alley and grave marker for he and his spouse, Plot E1/2 of Hope, Lot 9, Spaces 1 and 2 in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin (Jasper county), Missouri

Jess enlisted in the Army on 4 February 1942 and later volunteered for parachutist duty. On 15 March 1943 he was transferred to Co H, 508th PIR.

Pvt Alley was appointed to the grade of Pfc two months later and then by September was listed as a Sergeant.

Sgt Alley was listed as MIA as of 6 June 1944 but was able to return to the company on 11 June.  He was subsequently wounded in action on 4 July 1944.

Following the jump into Holland Sgt Alley was listed as seriously wounded in action on 12 October 1944 and evacuated.  He returned to duty on 24  December and was temporarily  transferred to Service Company.  He apparently joined the unit in Belgium however and is shown as a  Battle Casualty, injured in action on 4 January 1945 and was again evacuated.

.On 3 May 195 Sgt Alley was transferred from the 508th PIR to the detachment of patients at an unnamed hospital.

He was discharged on 19 September 1945.