Blandy, William Henry Purnel, ADM

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Last Rank
Admiral
Primary Unit
1947-1950, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
Service Years
1913 - 1950
Admiral
Admiral

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1890
 
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Last Address
St Albans, NY

Date of Passing
Jan 12, 1954
 
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Admiral Blandy was Commander Joint Task Force 1 for the Operations Crossroads test at Bikini atoll

   
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Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Battle of Kwajalein was fought as part of the Pacific campaign of World War II. It took place from 31 January-3 February 1944, on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Employing the hard-learned lessons of the battle of Tarawa, the United States launched a successful twin assault on the main islands of Kwajalein in the south and Roi-Namur in the north. The Japanese defenders put up stiff resistance, although outnumbered and under-prepared. The determined defense of Roi-Namur left only 51 survivors of an original garrison of 3,500.

For the US, the battle represented both the next step in its island-hopping march to Japan and a significant moral victory because it was the first time the Americans had penetrated the "outer ring" of the Japanese Pacific sphere. For the Japanese, the battle represented the failure of the beach-line defense. Japanese defenses became prepared in depth, and the battles of Peleliu, Guam, and the Marianas proved far more costly to the US.
 
   
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From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Apr 27, 2009
   
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  81 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Brewster, Donald, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Crookshank, Irvin, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • Hetrick, Clarendon Robert, PO3, (1940-1961)
  • Lucas, Charles, PO3, (1942-1945)
  • Marlow, Forest Eugene, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Medaglia, Michael, S1c, (1942-1946)
  • Smith, Jakie, S2c, (1943-1946)
  • Tingle, Robert, PO1, (1942-1946)
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