California Stories

Alex Kapitanski, San Diego

ALEX KAPITANSKI (March 23, 1923 – February 17, 2010)
(Nominated by Wayne Louth)
March 13, 2011

Alex spent the majority of his life proudly displaying his love of country, providing in excess of 13 million U.S. and State Flags across our great land for more than 37,000 civic events, memorials, and school district functions. A highly decorated veteran of World War II, Alex joined the U.S. Army in 1940, was a survivor of Normandy in 1944. Alex was presented with the Silver Star by former General Dwight Eisenhower for heroic efforts. He was also awarded a Bronze Star and five European theatre battle stars from Gen. Courtney H. Hodges. His Passion for the flag, dedication to our nation, and selfless efforts to volunteer brought Alex recognition from former presidents Reagan, Clinton and Bush, as well as Pope John Paul II. He earned two Distinguished Public Service Medals, the highest civilian award. For more than 75 years Oceanside’s Alex ‘The Flag Man’ Kapitanski lived these words: ”Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” (Pictured: Alex’s son, Albert)