Biography And Gravesite Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs: June 2007
Harold Whittle Blakeley (1893-1966)
Born in Malden, Massachusetts on December 29, 1893. Attended Boston University 1915-1917. Commissioned in the Field Artillery in 1917. Graduated from Command and General Staff School in 1936. Instructor at the Field Artillery School 1936-1938. Graduated from the Army War College in 1939. Instructor at the Command and General Staff School 1939-1940. Commander of 6th Field Artillery 1940-1941.
Commander of 5th Armored Division Artillery 1941-1942. Brigadier General in June 1942. Commanding General of Combat Command “A”, 5th Armored Division 1942-1943. Commanding General of 4th Infantry Division Artillery, then 4th Infantry Division 1944-1946. Major General in March 1945. Retired in April 1946.
Decorations included the Silver Star, Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.
Died on May 10, 1966.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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