35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) Association


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  SSG Alexander P. Drab    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"



Mike Company
35th Infantry Regiment
World War II


"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"





The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SSG Alexander P. Drab, 12006871, who died in the service of his country on August 17th, 1943 in Vella Lavella. The cause of death was listed as DOW. At the time of his death Alexander was 28 years of age. He was from Rockland County, New York.

The decorations earned by SSG Alexander P. Drab include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.


Alexander was single.
He has a grave stone marker in the Manila American Cemetery but is listed under "Service Personnel Not Recovered Following WWII".

Alexander was wounded 08/15/1943 during enemy air raid the first day of the Vella LaVella assault. He died en route to Florida Island. He likely was buried at sea.

His mother Julia Drab received notice of his death on November 5th, 1943.