This Memorial Day, Remember LSU Wingback Alex Box

From the air, the Cimetiere Americain, as the locals call it, spread across 27 tree-lined acres on the dusty outskirts of the ancient city of Carthage, Tunisia, looks like a football field.

To the American Battle Monuments Commission that established the burial ground there in 1960 for its World War II dead, it’s called the North African American Cemetery. Among its manicured expanse, at Plot I, Row 5, Grave 1, beneath a stark white cross, you would find the last resting place of First Lieutenant Simeon Alexander Box.

Box’s tank was blown apart by a mine Feb. 19, 1943, less than a year after he was playing outfield for LSU. His commanding officer, Brigadier Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr., personally wrote a letter of condolence to Box’s mother Mattie, saying “the deeds and death of your son have gone to make up the spiritual background that is this country.”

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