Colonel William A. Alfonte

…commanded the 31st Infantry in the Philippines from February to October 1938 (8 months).

Colonel Alfonte was born in 1877 in Indiana, was commissioned from the ranks in 1901 and served with one of his predecessors, Colonel Samuel T. Mackall, on the staff of the 26th Division as a Signal officer during World War I. He retired as a colonel, died in 1961, and is buried in Fortville, Indiana.