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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: November 13, 1942
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1940 Blodgett LB.jpg

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Tulsa, Oklahoma

First seen Plebe Summer doing a Floradora number with some of the boys, John has been dancing more and better every year. Passionately fond of swing, he is otherwise indolent — not lazy, of course — just resting. His other interests are more numerous than keen: one afternoon a movie, the next tennis or squash, and the next quietly loafing. He uses his leisure time as he wishes, and does not look for worries. His troubles have been, mostly, the appearance of Bull trees and the continual disappearance of his hair. A good roommate and a swell friend, capable but not overzealous, Blodge will get along anywhere.


John was lost in USS Juneau (CL 52) during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942.

His wife was listed as next of kin.


From History of Class of 1940:

As I remember it, John was assigned to USS MARYLAND at graduation and we spent a lot of time together on liberty, as well as aboard ship. He was serious at work and good fun and compatible when at play. He was responsible and attended to his duties well. John was involved in an automobile accident in late '40 or early '41 and had a series of difficult operations on his left arm. During this period he did his best with shipboard assignments. Art Varnum

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