Grave marker for William
A. Bladen in Section 7, Site 147, Maryland Veterans Cemetery,
Crownsville (Anne Arundel county), Maryland
William enlisted at
Washington, DC on 4 November 1942 at the age of 17 but his enlistment
record stated his birth year was 1924 making him apparently 18 and
avoiding parental consent.
Pvt Bladen was assign to
Hq Hq, 508th PIR, He was declared a qualified parachutist on 12
He made it through the
Normandy Campaign unscathed but was wounded in action in Holland on 21
On 12 March 1945 Pvt
Bladen was sent to the Camp Sissonne Hospital, listed as a non-battle
casualty he probably was a frostbite victim. Willioam returned to
duty on 29 March.
decorations include the Purple Heart and the Bronze Service Arrowhead
device awarded for participation in Normandy assault.