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Carlos Coolidge Alden Jr. ’34

Published in Mar. 9, 1994, issue

COOL ALDEN, whose WWII exploits as a flight surgeon and deeds of daring behind enemy lines brought him recognition as "the most gallant combat surgeon of them all," died Jan. 14, 1993, after a long illness. One of America's most decorated paratroopers, he won the distinguished service cross, silver star, legion of merit, and other awards, and was cited by the commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division as "the bravest of the brave and, with that, a splendid combat doctor." Cool's wartime adventures, including six escapes from German captivity, are detailed in his biography, CAPTAIN COOL! PARATROOPER LEGEND, by William B. Breuer (Zeus Publ., St. Louis, 1982).

Cool decided in 1933 he wanted to become a doctor, and transferred to Hamilton College. He received his M.D. in 1939, was called to active duty in 1941, and was with the first parachute battalion to go overseas, in 1942.

Survivors are his widow, Patricia; son Carlos C. III; daughter Joanne LindseyToy; and three grandchildren. To them we offer our sincere sympathies.

The Class of 1934

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