Clyde "Bud" William Blair

2021-03-21T11:29:20-05:00
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  • Name: Clyde "Bud" William Blair
  • Location of Birth: Coleraine, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: October 13, 1911
  • Date of Death: March 8, 1975 (63 years old)
  • Parents: Edward Blair & Sadie (Leitt) Blair
  • High School and Class: 1933 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: T SGT (Technical Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: July 14, 1942
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: November 14, 1945
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:
    Air Medal & 4 Battle Stars

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Clyde William Blair
    Race: White
    Age: 29
    Birth Date: October 13, 1911
    Birth Place: Coleraine, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: 1940
    Employer: Canisteo Mining Co., Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 155
    Height: 5-10 1/2
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Sadie Blair, mother, Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota

    Newspaper article - 1944 – Mrs. E. R. Blair had a letter yesterday from her son, S/Sgt. Clyde Blair, that he had arrived safely in England and thought the country beautiful. It is springtime in England with flowers and hedges in bloom and green yards. Sgt. Blair said that the English people are very weary after five years of war, that they show the wear of these recent years, but that their courage is beyond anything that an outsider can imagine or understand. He said he had some trouble at first with their monetary system but has now gotten so he can handle shillings, crowns and pounds without too much difficulty. His letter was written the 8th and arrived here the 25th, excellent mail service.

    Newspaper article - Aug 1945 – Mrs. E. R. Blair of Coleraine received a letter recently from her son, S/Sgt. Clyde Blair, informing her that he has received the Air Medal for his services beyond the line of duty, and four battle stars. The Air Medal was presented by the 12th Army Headquarters Group. Clyde is with the Army of Occupation in Europe, and hopes to get home before long.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Clyde had been an area resident all his life. He married Edith Mornes in 1941. Clyde Blair was a member of VFW Ponti-Peterson Post 1720 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Clyde Blair died in an auto accident in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-B-08-32). He is survived by his wife, Edith; two sons, William and Steven; two daughters, Mrs. Janet Bruce and Linda Blair; two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Ulrich and Mrs. Genevieve Davis; and one granddaughter.

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