|Grave marker for James M. Blandford in Section H, Lot
19, Grave 5 of the Highland View Cemetery, Big Rapids (Mecosta county),
James enlisted in the Army at Ft
Sheridan, IL on 23 February 1943.
On 26 September 1944 Pfc Blandford was transferred
from 82nd Airborne, Leicester, England to Service Company, 508th PIR.
He was then transferred to Company H on 21 November 1944,
Pvt Blandford was wounded in action 2 January 1945 and
evacuated. He did not return to the regiment.
Pfc Blandford's military decorations include the
Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge for action during the
campaign, 18 Dec 1944 to 20 Feb 1945.