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ALDERSON, Raymond. (Dubuque, IA, Mar. 10, 1915---Dubuque, IA, Feb. 3, 1995). Musician and veterans officer. Alderson graduated from DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in 1933 and attended the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE. He organized the Ray Alderson's Orchestra at the age of twenty and was billed as the Midwest's youngest maestro. The group performed from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico until it was disbanded in December, 1942 when Alderson was drafted into the Army.
Ray Alderson's Orchestra included Vincent GRAAS--second from the left in the back row. Photo courtesy: Susan Marie Graas McKeever

During WORLD WAR II, Alderson spent over two years in Burma and India including fifteen months at the combat zone with a medical hospital. Returning home, he was the past Iowa state and national commander of the CHINA-BURMA-INDIA VETERANS ASSOCIATION. He also served the organization as the adjutant-finance officer for twenty consecutive years.

He served as the church treasurer of SUMMIT CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST for thirty-four consecutive years, sang in the church choir, and served on the board of trustees and was head usher for many years. He served on the Dubuque County Selective Service board for five years during the VIETNAM WAR.

Musically, Alderson played with the late Will Thorpe and Joseph A. PARADISO orchestras.



"Iowa Veteran's Organizations," Online: http://publications.iowa.gov/135/1/profile/8-18.html