|Birth: ||Jun. 5, 1921|
|Death: ||Jan. 6, 1943|
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: Ray E. Blazer
Birth Year: 1920
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Ohio
State of Residence: Ohio
County or City: Highland
Enlistment Date: 2 Feb 1942
Enlistment State: Kentucky
Enlistment City: Fort Thomas Newport
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: 3 years of high school
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
"The Press Gazette", Hillsboro, Ohio
January 12, 1943
Greenfield Man Dies In Bomber Crash In Texas
Ray Elmo Blazer
Sgt. Ray E. Blazer Becomes 6th Known County Casualty of Present War
Friday Highland County counted its sixth known casualty of the present World War when word was received that Sgt. Ray E. Blazer, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Blazer, Greenfield, was killed in the crash of a four-motor bomber near Sherman, Texas.
Sgt. Blazer entered the armed service February 2, 1942. He was a radio operator on the bomber which crashed while on a routine flight. Ten other men made up the bomber crew. Eight of the other 10 men flying in the bomber were killed in the crash.
Parents of the Greenfield man were notified of his death by army officials Friday morning. Col. Carlton F. Bond, commander of Salina Army Air Base, Salina, Kansas, informed Mr. and Mrs. Blazer that an investigation is being conducted in an effort to determine what
caused the crash in which nine men were killed.
The plane crashed Wednesday. The story first broke Thursday night. Details were not complete until Friday morning when the story was confirmed by the telegram received by the parents of Sgt. Blazer.
Sgt. Blazer is the second of six children of Mr. and Mrs. Blazer. He attended Greenfield McClain High school and made his home in Greenfield up until he entered the service last February.
Upon joining the armed forces he was sent to Spokane and Pullman, Washington for training. He was then assigned to the 62nd Bomber Squadron at Tucson, Arizona. He later served at El Paso, Texas before being transferred to Salina Field in Kansas.
Sgt. Blazer was married in Spokane. His wife is making her home in that city.
Since joining the armed forces Sgt. Blazer had not visited his parents. He called his father In December and requested that money for
train fare be wired to him so he could come home on leave. He was en route to Greenfield when intercepted by orders at St. Louis, Missouri to return to his base.
Sgt. Blazer's mother was admitted to University Hospital, Columbus on Wednesday. She was returned home on Friday and informed of her son's death. Mrs. Blazer has been in ill health for the past two years.
In addition to his parents and wife, Sgt. Blazer is survived by three brothers, Lawrence, Walter and Donald, at home, and two sisters, Lendora at home and Mrs. Mary Moore of Greenfield.
Parents of the deceased serviceman requested that his body be sent home for burial. Funeral arrangements will not be completed until after the body arrives.
Sgt. Blazer was the third Greenfield resident known to have been killed in World War II. Other Greenfield reported dead are Woodrow Wilson and John A. Smith, both killed on the U. S. S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor.
Marion Dewey Blazer (1898 - 1965)
Virgie Lee Gilmore Blazer (1897 - 1943)
Goldie Mae Blazer (1916 - 1916)*
Lawrence M. Blazer (1918 - 1969)*
Ray Elmo Blazer (1921 - 1943)
Mariellen Blazer Moore (1922 - 1968)*
Dorothy Lendora Blazer Myers (1927 - 1991)*
Walter Edward Blazer (1929 - 1949)*
Donald Wayne Blazer (1931 - 2004)*
Plot: Sec. 6 77
Created by: Marianna Kerns Morgan
Record added: Sep 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97203497