William Henry Purnell Blandy
Admiral, United States Navy
H. P. Blandy was born in New York City 28 June 1890.
William H. P. Blandy graduated from the Academy in 1913. He participated in the occupation of Veracruz in 1914 and served on board a battleship with the British Grand Fleet during World War I.
During World War II he was Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance; Commander, Group 1, Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet; and Commander, Cruisers and Destroyers, Pacific Fleet. After the war he commanded JTF 1 during the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. He commanded the 2nd Task Fleet and later served as Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet. Admiral Blandy died 12 January 1954.
He was born on June 28, 1890 and placed first in the United States Naval Academy class of 1913. He was a veteran of both World Wars as well as Vera Cruz, Mexico.
He is, however, most known for overseeing the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Island in the Pacific Ocean.
He died on January 13, 1954 at the U.S. Navy Hospital, St. Albans, New York, and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
BLANDY, WILLIAM HENRY PURNELL
DATE OF BIRTH: 06/28/1890
DATE OF DEATH: 01/12/1954
BURIED AT: SECTION 2 SITE 4964-A R
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Photo By Michael Robert Patterson, 1999
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