PRIVATE FIRST CLASS ALEXANDER SLOWEY was born in New Jersey on October 8, 1916 to Alexander and Anna Slowey. Alexander Sr. worked in a leather works. The family was living at 1811 South 7th Street in Camden NJ at the time of the 1920 census. The 1929 City Directory shows the family at 2312 South 7th Street, and by the fall of 1933 they had moved to 2454 South 7th Street. The Sloweys later moved to a home at 519 Lester Terrace, adjacent to the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard. One of seven children, Alexander Slowey Jr. had a scrape with the law as a juvenile involving a stolen car. He was working as machinist's helper at the shipyard when he was inducted into the United States Army on February 25, 1942 at Fort Dix NJ. He had a grammar school education and was single at the time he entered service.
After basic training Private Slowey was assigned to the 592nd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment. After further training at Camp Carabelle FL and Fort Ord CA, he went overseas with his unit, leaving San Francisco on Feb 12, 1943 and arriving in Australia on March 8 of that year. Private First Class Slowey served with his unit in New Guinea beginning at Oro Bay on October 25, 1943. He may also have participated in the assault at Los Negros Island on February 28, 1944.
After stays in two military hospitals Alexander Slowey was given a medical discharge on June 6, 1944. Returning to Camden, he suffered from acute chronic depression and was unable to work, spending most of his time at home. A casualty of the war in every sense, Private Slowey committed suicide on September 29, 1944.
When Alexander Slowey was sent home, there were no resources to speak of for Veterans who had returned home with psychological disorders. It would take a few years, and many more tragedies as that which befell Alexander Slowey, before the Veterans Administration would expand its hospitals to provide adequate mental health care for returning veterans.
|Camden Morning Post - October 15, 1933|
Slowey - Alexander
Wasneuko - Joseph
Carpani - John
Kaighn - Garfield
South 7th Street - Mechanic Street - Essex Road
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