Army Badge
  • Name: Truman Blakesley
  • Location of Birth: Knowlton, Iowa
  • Date of Birth: February 18, 1896
  • Date of Death: July 14, 1934
  • Parents: Obidah H. Blakesley & Rebecca (Baysinger) Blakesley
  • High School and Class:
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: PVT (Private)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: 1918
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: June 30, 1919
  • Place of Discharge:
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  • Military Highlights:
    World War I Registration Card – 1917-1918
    Name: Truman Blakesley
    Age: 21
    Home Address: Warba, Minnesota
    Date of Birth: February 18, 1896
    Citizenship: Natural born citizen
    Place of Birth: Nolton, Iowa
    Citizen of other Country: -----
    Present Occupation: Farmer
    Employer: By myself, Town of Sago
    Dependents: I have a father & mother
    Marital Status: Single
    Race: Caucasian
    Previous Military Service: None
    Claim exemption from draft: Yes, on account of support of father & mother
    Tall, medium or short: Tall
    Slender, medium or stout: Medium
    Color of eyes: Dark Brown
    Color of hair: Brown
    Bald? No
    Any disability: No
    Date of registration: June 5, 1917
    Place of registration: Sago, Itasca, Minnesota

    Truman Blakesley left Hoboken, New Jersey for overseas duty on June 15, 1918 aboard the ship Leviathan. Completing his service, he departed from Marseille, France on June 7, 1919 aboard the ship Patria and arrived in Newport News, Virginia on June 22, 1919.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Truman Blakesley returned to the Warba, Minnesota area after service. He was visiting relatives in Iowa when he died as a result of a car accident. His body was returned to Itasca County, Minnesota and he is buried in the Warba-Feeley Cemetery, Warba, Minnesota (B,10,1,8).

    The Warba American Legion Post #432 was formed on September 21, 1939 and is named for Truman Blakesley.

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