|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1950|
|Death: ||Nov. 2, 1978|
LCDR George William Kelly
Lieut Randy A Mikal
AW-3 James C Mentink
Lt. Blanton was born in the Garden City section of Nether Providence, and attended Nether Providence High School. Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1972, he was assigned to the destroyer USS Turner Joy and served off the coast of Vietnam.
Lt. Blanton attended flight school and received his pilot's wings in Corpus Christi, Texas. For the next three years, he was stationed in San Diego. He left September 27, 1978 aboard the USS Constellation for a Pacific cruise. Lt. Blanton was flying a night training mission when his aircraft crashed into a mountain.
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: off the coast of California
Created by: Glenn Lee LaRocque
Record added: May 03, 2011
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