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Pvt Joseph Robert Blake
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1971
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Death: Aug. 17, 2006, Afghanistan

Pvt. Joseph R. Blake of Portland, Oregon had lived in Portland only a few weeks when, in January 2005, he made a commitment he'd toyed with much of his life. He joined the U.S. Army. At 34, Joseph was the oldest guy in his basic training class. Many of his classmates, still teenagers, used to kid around and call him the "old man." Born and raised in the Detroit area, Blake spent most of his life there. In 2003, he moved to Florida to live with his birth family and to find a job. He had trouble finding work in Michigan, and found the same economic problems in Florida. He and a buddy then went to Portland looking for work. Although he was older than his comrades, Joseph Blake was proud he could keep up with them. He worked hard to stay in shape. He is the son of Doug and Joann, brother of Kevin and Tina. Grandson of Robert L. Gleichauf. He was 34.

1st Battalion
32nd Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team
10th Mountain Division
Fort Drum, New York 
Glen Eden Memorial Park
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Aug 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15455105
Pvt Joseph Robert Blake
Added by: Elizabeth Reed
Pvt Joseph Robert Blake
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Pvt Joseph Robert Blake
Added by: Elizabeth Reed
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Freedom isn't free. May we always cherish our freedom by honoring your memory. Your valorous service will not be forgotten. On this Veterans Day, please accept our heartfelt and humble thanks.
- Carrie and Allen
 Added: Nov. 11, 2014

- Mike Endress--Alabama-USA
 Added: Aug. 17, 2014
In respectful memory,
- CarmasKid
 Added: Jul. 12, 2014
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