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Alexander Ramsey "Sandy" Nininger, Jr. 1918-1942

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Location: War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale.
County: Broward
Waymark: None


Graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School and from United States Military Academy at West Point with honors 1941.

Awarded Posthumously the First Congressional Medal of Honor of World War II by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 29, 1942.


"Alexander R. Nininger, Jr., Second Lieutenant, Fifty Seventh Infantry (Phillipine Scouts), United States Army. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy near Abucay, Bataan, Philippine Islands, on January 12,1942. This officer, although assigned to another Company not then engaged in combat, voluntarily attached himself to Company K same Regiment, while that unit was being attacked by enemy forces superior in fire power.

"Enemy snipers in trees and fox holes had stopped counter-attack to regain part of position. In hand-to-hand fighting which followed, Lieutenant Nininger repeatedly forced his way to and into the hostile position. Though exposed to heavy enemy fire, he continued to attack with rifle and hand grenades and succeeded in destroying several enemy groups in fox holes and enemy snipers.

"Although wounded three times, he continued his attacks until he was killed after pushing alone far within the enemy position. When his body was found after recapture of the position one enemy officer and two enemy soldiers lay dead around him."

Himmarshee Chapter, National Society of the American Revolution 1967.


City: Fort Lauderdale, FL