|Birth: ||Dec. 14, 1947|
|Death: ||Feb. 6, 1968|
Tam Kỳ, Vietnam
Billy Blake died in the same Battle in Vietnam with my Brother William L Young Jr.
and Four other Brave Marines.
Edward J Brewer
Randall J Schwendy
A Letter from a Nephew of Billy.
William Blake was my uncle. I was born in October of 1968, so I never got to meet him. He is remembered by his two sisters, Karen and Helen. I am Karen's son, Bill. I was named for my uncle and his father, my grandfather, William H. Blake.
A Letter From A Friend.
I am George Baxter and I am writing to let you know that I want to thank you for your brother William Young's courageous military service and the highest price paid in honor in the service to our country. As mentioned in your e-mail, yes I did know Billy Blake who proudly served with and died at the same time as your brother on 02/06/1968 in Quang Nam. Billy and I went to high school together and sat next to each other in homeroom in Hanover High class of 1966. Paul Edge who sat on the other side of Billy and myself in school also died in Quang Nam a week before Billy on 01/30/68. I was more fortunate than your brother William, Billy Blake, and Paul Edge. I was on a ship and did no battles and did not go to shore. I spent 4 years in regular Navy duty all on various destroyers 1966-1970, of which a total of approximately 2 years was spent off the Viet Nam coast north of DaNang and sometimes up the Gulf of Tonkin. I was over in Viet Nam at the time of your brother's tragedy, and heard of the fate of Billy Blake and Paul Edge at the same time. It was just a horrible time then.
You asked me about Billy Blake and what kind of person he was. In high school he was very friendly, great looking, a lady killer and considered a man's man. He was bold, brash, sassy, and fearless. He was kind of funny with likable James Dean sense of humor. He was a typical young man at the time that considered himself invincible as most kids his age including myself. What kind of person was your brother, I'm sure you miss him so badly. My youngest brother now 37 is serving in Norfolk, has been in the Navy for 20 years. I'm very proud of him ... he rose from the ranks of a seaman recruit.. through the rank of chief petty officer to a commission five years ago. He's now a full lieutenant as a two star admiral's assistant attached to the carrier group Harry S Truman. The service builds men and women of great character. A recipe that escapes the present commander in chief. I will be forever grateful to the men and women who served our country with honor such as your brother PFC William Young from York Pennsylvania.
May he rest in peace.
My name is Linda..George's wife.
He talked about you and showed me the website you did for your Brother. I want you to know that George passed away New Year's Eve. He had been struggling with cancer for over a year.
I'm sure your Billy and he will meet and have a good talk.
William Harrison Blake (1918 - 1981)
Edna E Blake (1919 - 1978)
Hanover Center Cemetery
Created by: Judy Green
Record added: Jan 03, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46312411
Added: Sep. 28, 2012
Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.|
Charles A. Lewis
Added: Jul. 21, 2012
Added: Nov. 8, 2011
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