Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Blecksmiths in:
 • San Gabriel Cemetery
 • San Gabriel
 • Los Angeles County
 • California
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Lieut James P. Blecksmith
Birth: Sep. 26, 1980
California, USA
Death: Nov. 11, 2004
Anbar, Iraq

A 1999 Flintridge Preparatory School graduate and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Second Lt. James P. Blecksmith, or JP to everyone who knew him. Blecksmith had soldiering in his blood. His father, longtime San Marino resident Ed Blecksmith, was in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. As a boy, Blecksmith would dig out his father's old jungle utilities, dress himself for battle and dig a hole in a vacant lot next door to the home they lived in in Seattle for about five years.
JP Blecksmith was the youngest of three children. He played football at Flintridge Prep - quarterback - and ran track, making it to the CIF finals in about 10 events during high school, his father said.
Blecksmith was athletic and intelligent, with good SAT scores, and he was recruited by the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., his father said. There, he continued his football career, playing wide receiver for the Navy Midshipmen.

"He did everything that a father could ever want or ask of a son,' Ed Blecksmith said.

After four more months of training, he was deployed to Iraq on Sept. 10. His family was notified Thursday night - Veterans Day - that he had been killed. "It was devastating,' Blecksmith said. "I can't describe the emptiness I feel, the hurt I feel, the pain I feel, as does my wife.'  
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Pamela M. Blecksmith (1947 - 2008)
 
Burial:
San Gabriel Cemetery
San Gabriel
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
Created by: Joe Walker
Record added: Nov 18, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9917529
Lieut James P. Blecksmith
Added by: Joe Walker
 
Lieut James P. Blecksmith
Added by: Joe Walker
 
Lieut James P. Blecksmith
Added by: Joe Walker
 
 
There are 2 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Patty Valentino
 Added: Jul. 30, 2014
Sent with love...
- Patty Valentino
 Added: Jul. 28, 2014

- Patty Valentino
 Added: Jul. 27, 2014
There are 1,278 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
 
This page is sponsored by: Russ Dodge

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service