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Robert D. Bissell
Army
Robert
D.
Bissell
DIVISION: Army,
Med. Det. ASFTC Ft. Warren, WY
Nov 5, 1918 - May 15, 2011
BIRTHPLACE: Abilene, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Feb 4, 1942 -
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Dec 7, 1945
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HONORED BY: Wife, Evelyn Bissell

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Before going into the Army, Robert Bissell worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at Council Grove, KS. He started with them on 7 April 1939 and served until 25 March 1941

Robert entered the Army on 4 February 1942 at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. His occupational specialty was Medical NCO. Robert spent his entire career at the Army Hospital in Ft. Warren, Wyoming in various areas within the hospital. He was honorably discharged on 7 December 1945.

His decorations included the American Theater Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.

After his discharge, he went to work at the Abilene Kansas Memorial Hospital in maintenance. While he was there, he met Evelyn Beichley, a registered nurse and they married on 28 January 1958.

He continued to work for the Abilene Hospital until he retired.

Robert J. Black
Other
Robert
J.
Black
DIVISION: Other
Mar 8, 1927 -
BIRTHPLACE: Taunton, MA
THEATER OF OPERATION: European, American
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HONORED BY: His children - Terry Jackson, Patricia Black Moore, Robin Black, William A. Black

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He served with the Merchant Marines

Fred J. Blanck
Army
Fred
J.
Blanck
DIVISION: Army,
3118th Signal Service Group
Nov 2, 1922 -
BIRTHPLACE: Brooklyn, NY
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Apr 8, 1943 -
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Feb 20, 1946
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HONORED BY: Self

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I entered the service in April 1943 and shipped around several places until I was sent to the ASTP Unit at Michigan State College in July 1943. That program folded in April 1944 and I was shipped to the Signal Corp at Camp Crowder, MO. After training I shipped overseas from Camp Joyce Kilmer, New Jersey. We arrived in Versailles, France on November27, 1944. I was assigned to the 3118th as a powerman working the transmitter site at St. Germain, France. From there I shipped to Frankfurt, Germany to assist in setting up a power plant for the Signal Center. I was discharged in Germany to take a civil service job for six months and train new operators to operate the equipment. I shipped home in September 1946 and in March 1947 I moved to Michigan and completed my education at Michigan State receiving my Engineering Degree in December 1949.

Jack W. Bledsoe
Marine Corps
Jack
W.
Bledsoe
DIVISION: Marine Corps
Dec 23, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Groom, TX
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
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HONORED BY: Children & Grandchildren of Jack Bledsoe

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Jack served some time on an aircraft carrier. He also spent time in China and was headed to Japan on a ship until the bombs were dropped.

Roy Blevins
Army
Roy
Blevins
DIVISION: Army,
2nd BN 19th Infantry
Sep 2, 1924 - Aug 1, 1996
BIRTHPLACE: Gillespie, IL
THEATER OF OPERATION: Other
SERVED: Jul 29, 1943 -
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Jan 27, 1946
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HONORED BY: Daughters, Adele Favreau and Linda Buschardt

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Served in the Phillipines

Maurice I. Blumenthal
Army
Maurice
I.
Blumenthal
DIVISION: Army,
SHAEF G02
Dec 17, 1922 -
BIRTHPLACE: Savannah, GA
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Mar 1, 1943 -
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Mar 1, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife, Catherine Blumenthal
William H. Bodendoerfer
Army
William
H.
Bodendoerfer
DIVISION: Army
SERVED: Nov 16, 1942 -
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Feb 6, 1943
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Thomas V. Bohnyak
Army
Thomas
V.
Bohnyak
DIVISION: Army,
8th Infantry
BIRTHPLACE: Pennsylvania
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Nov 30, 1940 -
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HONORED BY: Grandchildren Thomas and Chris Bohnyak , Tammy Comello

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Thomas V. Bohnyak enlisted in the Army on November 30, 1940. It was said in his obituary that he was the first boy in his hometown of Jamesburg, New Jersey to enlist. Second Lt. Bohnyak graduated from Officer's Candidate School at Fort Benning Georgia in October 1942. He was then sent to various army camps to instruct and train his men. He was assigned to the 8th Infantry Division, 28th Infantry Regiment. In November the 8th Infantry Division arrived in Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. On December 5, 1943 a convoy bearing the 8th Division sailed from New York to Belfast, Ireland. Ten days later the division arrived in Belfast, North Ireland, where a varied program of training was instigated, with emphasis being placed on small unit tactics. While there the division was inspected by General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General George Patton. On July 1, 1944, a convoy of four troops ships and twelve motor transports steamed out of Belfast harbor, carrying the 8th Division to the continent of Europe. On July 4, twenty eight days after the D-Day invasion of the Normandy coast, the Division began debarking at Utah Beach on the Cherbourg peninsula. Two days later it had assembled in the vicinity of Monteburg, where final preparations for battle were completed. The 8th fought its way through France. Thomas Bohnyak lost his life at a battle near the Ay River on July 16, 1944. He is buried at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Plot A Row 23 Grave 10. Lt. Thomas V. Bohnyak was awarded a Purple Heart. He was survived by his wife Honey Bohnyak and his son Taylor Thomas Bohnyak.

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945