Blevins, William F, HMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1957-1957, HM-0000, USS Sea Robin (SS-407)
Service Years
1944 - 1964
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
HM-Hospital Corpsman
Five Hash Marks

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Boston
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Sep 25, 2012
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Cold War Medal

Navy Chief Initiated Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI)Post 1758, St. Mark S Post
  2009, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 1758, St. Mark S Post (Member) (Dorchester Center, Massachusetts) - Chap. Page


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Last Known Activity
William F. Blevins, 91 of Whitman, formerly of Weymouth and South Boston died September 25 after a period of failing health. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late John H. and Beatrice M. (Raynard) Blevins. He attended Boston schools and served proudly during WWII in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Boston and was a retired Navy Chief Corpsman. William spent his career in sales for Sears in Quincy and Braintree. He was a Holland Club Award Recipient, a long time member of the Abington VFW and the McKeon Post in Dorchester, the Weymouth Elks, a member of the Castle Island Association, and a member of the Boston Sub Vet's Club. William was also a member in the Top 3 Retired Military. He was an avid bicycle rider, and enjoyed traveling especially to Hawaii and Ireland.

William was predeceased by his wife, Mary (Ronayne) Blevins and is survived by his daughters Kathleen McIver and her husband Paul of Pembroke and Mary Russo of Weymouth. He was also father of the late Janet Dickson. Grandfather of 6 grandchildren; Jeff, Bill, Stephanie, Max, Allison and Andrea and great grandfather of 8. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his friend Jane Murray of Whitman.

Visiting hours in the Sullivan Funeral Home, 2 Maquan St., at the corner of Rte 14 & 58 in Hanson on Sunday from 2-6PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00AM in St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1 Maquan St., Rte 14 in Hanson. Interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester. Donations in William's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472 or The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Development Office, 50 Congress St., Ste 730, Boston, MA 02109.
   
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Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
Guam, ringed by reefs, cliffs, and heavy surf, presents a formidable challenge for an attacker. But despite the obstacles, on 21 July, the Americans landed on both sides of the Orote peninsula on the western side of Guam, planning to cut off the airfield. The 3rd Marine Division landed near Agana to the north of Orote at 08:28, and the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade landed near Agat to the south. Japanese artillery sank 20 LVTs, and inflicted heavy casualties on the Americans, especially on the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, but by 09:00 men and tanks were ashore at both beaches. The 77th Infantry Division had a more difficult landing. Lacking amphibious vehicles, they had to wade ashore from the edge of the reef where they were dropped by their landing craft. The men stationed in the two beachheads were pinned down by heavy Japanese fire, making initial progress inland quite slow.



US Marines move inland.
By nightfall, the Americans had established beachheads about 6,600 feet (2,000 m) deep. Japanese counterattacks were made throughout the first few days of the battle, mostly at night, using infiltration tactics. Several times, they penetrated the American defenses and were driven back with heavy loss of men and equipment. Lieutenant General Takeshi Takashina was killed on 28 July, and Lieutenant General Hideyoshi Obata took over the command of the defenders.

Supply was very difficult for the Americans in the first days of the battle. Landing ships could not come closer than the reef, several hundred yards from the beach, and amphibious vehicles were scarce. However, the two beachheads were joined up on 25 July, and the Orote airfield and Apra harbor were captured by 30 July.

The counterattacks against the American beachheads, as well as the fierce fighting, had exhausted the Japanese. At the start of August, they were running out of food and ammunition and had only a handful of tanks left. Obata withdrew his troops from the south of Guam, planning to make a stand in the mountainous central and northern part of the island. But with resupply and reinforcement impossible because of American control of the sea and air around Guam, he could hope to do no more than delay the inevitable defeat for a few days.

Rain and thick jungle made conditions difficult for the Americans, but after an engagement at Mount Barrigada from 2-4 August, the Japanese line collapsed; the rest of the battle was a pursuit to the north. As in other battles of the Pacific War, the Japanese refused to surrender, and almost all were killed. On 10 August, after three weeks of combat, organized Japanese resistance ended, and Guam was declared secure. The next day, Obata committed ritual suicide.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories

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Memories
Boston returned the Marianas, to support the invasion of Guam on 12 July, until the successful completion of the campaign on 15 August.

   
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  249 Also There at This Battle:
  • Barr, John Andrew, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Beckwith, John Edward, S1c, (1942-1945)
  • Besson, John Henry, RADM, (1931-1959)
  • Chavez, Natalio, S1c, (1944-1946)
  • Coggins, Royal Joseph, S1c, (1942-1946)
  • Crookshank, Irvin, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • Dawson, William L., PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Dikel, Samuel, PO2, (1942-1946)
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