Port Washington's American Legion Post has selected Alexander Schwartz as co-grand marshal of the Memorial Day parade and festivities scheduled for Monday, May 28. Al Schwartz joined the United States Navy in May 1944 and was assigned to basic training in Sampson, New York. After basic training, his first assignment was on a submarine chaser patrolling the East Coast of the United States to protect merchant marine shipping from German U-boats. He was later transferred to duties at Jacksonville, Florida where his unit towed targets used for gunnery practice by the Air Force. From Pearl Harbor, the Colahan traveled to the Philippine Islands, where it supported a number of amphibious landings by shelling the islands, hunting for survivors and removing enemy mines. After World War II, Schwartz was assigned to the USS Comstock, which was stationed at a vessel repair facility in mainland China. In 1944, after four years in the Navy without leave, Schwartz was released two months early in 1949.
After his discharge, civilian life brought Schwartz to Long Island Lighting Co. where he worked for 34 years. In 1952 he married his wife Evelyn, and moved to his present residence on Murray Avenue, which was built years earlier by her father. Evelyn was born and raised in Port Washington.
Schwartz is a member of Port's American Legion Post # 509 and an active member of the Port Washington Masonic Lodge for the past 40 years. He described Port as a nice place for kids, with quality schools and a great library. He was married to Evelyn in St. Stephen's Church on Main St. and is a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Port Washington. He is a staunch supporter of U.S. troops in Iraq saying they're doing a great job but we should be doing all we can to bring them home.