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Erwin Russell Bleckley

130th Field Artillery Regiment, 35th Infantry Division

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:

Kansas

Died:

10/6/1918

Grave Location:

Plot F, Row 25, Grave 33

2nd Lt. Erwin R. Bleckley and his pilot, 1stLt. Harold E. Goettler, left an airdrome in the late afternoon on their second trip to drop supplies to a battalion of the 77th Division, the “Lost Battalion” in the Argonne Forest.  Enemy fire made this a perilous trip, as the Lost Battalion was completely surrounded by the enemy.

Bleckley and his pilot came in low for better precision even though this doubled the odds against them. The plane was brought down by enemy rifle and machinegun fire. Bleckley died before he could be taken to a hospital. He was postumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1922.

Awards: Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor

Erwin Russell Bleckley is buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Plot F, Row 25, Grave 33.