Erwin Russell Bleckley, Medal of Honor, to Be Recognized in Wichita on October 6, 2018

Fixed link that was pointed to the wrong place.

I will post more information as the date gets closer, but Erwin Russell Bleckley, World War I Medal of Honor recipient, will be recognized on the 100th anniversary of his death.  You can read more about him at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erwin_R._Bleckley, https://www.kansasww1.org/medal-of-honor-erwin-r-bleckley/http://www.airforcemag.com/MagazineArchive/Documents/MOH%20Collection/Bleckley_Erwin.pdf,  https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Erwin_R._Bleckley, . The event is supposed to be held at the Robert J. Dole V.A. Hospital in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9 AM. It is to be hosted by a local VFW, Post #112 Over There, the oldest VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post in Kansas and it will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020. You can visit the Post 112 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VFW-Over-There-Post-112-481469275276103/. I e-mailed the Post for more details.

Here is the citation information:

2d Lt. Bleckley, with his pilot, 1st Lt. Harold E. Goettler, Air Service, left the airdrome late in the afternoon on their second trip to drop supplies to a battalion of the 77th Division, which had been cut off by the enemy in the Argonne Forest. Having been subjected on the first trip to violent fire from the enemy, they attempted on the second trip to come still lower in order to get the packages even more precisely on the designated spot. In the course of his mission the plane was brought down by enemy rifle and machinegun fire from the ground, resulting in fatal wounds to 2d Lt. Bleckley, who died before he could be taken to a hospital. In attempting and performing this mission 2d Lt. Bleckley showed the highest possible contempt of personal danger, devotion to duty, courage, and valor.

More information about https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/side-story-the-50th-aero-squadron.html.

You can view his memorial several places: Find-A-Grave, ABMC (no headstone photo available), BillionGraves (BG) – headstone photo requested, but here’s the cemetery site on BG until it gets filled: https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Meuse-Argonne-American-Cemetery-and-Memorial/148359.

 

 

 

 

 

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