|Birth: ||Jun. 23, 1924|
|Death: ||Dec. 23, 2005|
Veteran of World War II, Korea, Vietnam. In World War II he served in the Army Air Corp as a radio operator on a B-17 Flying Fortress in the European Theatre. After being shot down a third time, he was rescued by the French Resistance. Although wounded, he assisted in subversive activities until he was captured by the Gestapo. He was a prisoner of war for eighteen months when his camp, Stalag XVII-B, was liberated by General George S. Patton's 3rd Army.
Mr. Blatchford retired from military service in 1977. He received 28 medals including the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with an oak leaf cluster, four Purple Hearts, six Air Medals and a Prisoner of War Medal. He was honored for his contributions to the war by the French Underground and the French government. Adopted by the Sioux Nation, he was given the Yellow Eagle Feather which is the highest honor given to a Lakota warrior.
A Navajo Indian raised on the reservation and educated in mission schools, after his retirement from military service Mr. Blatchford earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a Master's degree in business administration. He served as a site manager for Boeing Services International in Turkey.
Husband of Cecelia Blatchford; father of Natalie Russo; stepfather of Wayne Damba; brother of Edith Sakiestawa, Ruth Cope, Robert Blatchford, Irene Corbett, Dorothy Ann Blatchford and Benjamin Blatchford.
Mr. Blatchford was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Dorothy Blatchford; brothers Herbert and Paul Blatchford; sisters, Mary Gorman and Ephy Blatchford.
This information was obtained through Mr. Blatchford's obituary in the Belleville News-Democrat, dated January 4, 2006.
Arlington National Cemetery
Created by: Nan
Record added: Jan 18, 2006
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