MAJ. Alexander G. Hodges, 70, passed away June 9, 2018 after battling brain cancer.
Mr. Hodges was born November 3, 1947 in Deming, New Mexico. Following high school, Alex enlisted in the U. S. Army in December 1964 and served for over 16 years rising to the rank of Sergeant First Class. He received a direct commission as a Captain in May 1981. He served on active duty nearly 28 years and retired as a Major in January 1992. During his Army career, he served in command and staff positions in both Airborne and Special Operations Units. His overseas assignments included Okinawa, Vietnam, Germany, Korea, and England. Alex’s final assignment was as Chief of the Intelligence and Security Office of the United States Army, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, NC.
Alex is a veteran of the Vietnam and First Gulf War. His decorations included a Meritorious Service Medal, a Joint Service Accommodation, five Army Commendation Medals, an Army Achievement Medal, five Good Conduct Medals, an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and two Vietnam Service Medals, as well as a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He was also awarded three NCO Development Badges, an Army Service Ribon, an Army Overseas Ribbon, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Military Police Badge. Alex was a Master Parachutist.
Following retirement, Alex made use of his Bachelor of Arts, and two Masters in Administration and Education to teach and coach at Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville, NC. His teaching experience led him to become a career counselor for the Department of Labor, Youth Program-the Job Corps, in Fayetteville. In 1997, Alex relocated to Atlanta where he became a Project Director. In 2000, Alex moved to Philadelphia as a Job Corps project manager overseeing procurement and administration until his civil service retirement in December 2010.
In April 2014, Alex and Ok Sun moved to Fayetteville, NC. Alex was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and a high priest in the Fayetteville Third Ward. Alex was actively involved with the local Fayetteville Korean American Association as volunteer Vice President, assisting the American Korean veterans processing and obtaining their Peace medal until his death. He was also an active member of the Military Officer’s Association of America and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife of over 43 years, Ok Sun, two sons, LeRoy and his wife, Stephanie; and John and his wife, Lety, eight grandchildren, his sister, Susan Gowin and his brother, James Rogowski, both of Tucson, Arizona.
The family will receive friends Thursday, June 14, 2018 between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 PM at LaFayette Funeral Home, 6651 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC.
Funeral Services will be Friday, June 15, 2018 at 10:30 AM at the Main Post Chapel, Fort Bragg, NC. Burial will follow at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.
Online condolences to the family may be left at www.LaFayetteFH.com.