Entered service December 11, 1942…..

Trained at Parris Island, S.C.; Portsmouth, Va.; New River, N.C.; Camp Pendleton, Calif…

Assigned to 3rd Battalion,  I Co. , 25 Marines, 4th Marine Division….

Served at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands; Saipan, Tinian, Mariannas Islands; Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands…..

Awards: Purple Heart, (wounded on Iwo); Presidential Citation….

Date of discharge February 28, 1946….

Graduated New Milford Junior High School June 1940.

New Milford in World War II
Teresa M. Martin
Copyright May 30, 1947



Donald Kuper and Armand Alesandrini both served with the fourth Marine Division and went through the same campaigns until Armand was killed on Iwo Jima.  I do not know if they were together within the Division or not.  A Division has thousands of men and so it is possible they never knew the other was there. 

As of January 2011 I (Bob Meli) do not know if they were aware of the other in any way during their service.

Armand Allesandrini
and Donald Kuper could have been best of friends or they may not have known the other was even there.

Let us never forget the Marines' sacrifice.


Click here to view the April 7, 1945 Bergen Evening Record article reporting on
Donald G. Kuper getting wounded on Iwo Jima.


Background image of Iwo Jima with Mount Suribachi in the background obtained from:,13190,NI_Iwo_Jima2,00.html