William Blake was a Private First Class, serving with the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. He died on 5 August 1944 and was officially declared dead 6 August 1945. He is memorialized at the Brittany American Cemetery in St. James (Manche) France.
Awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart
The Chattanooga times, September 12, 1945
Missing in action since last August in France, Pfc. William Blake, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Blake, 1506 East 46th Street, died from wouds received ont hat date, the War Department informed his parents. Entering the army in July, 1942, Pfc. Blake, former student at Cedar High School and employe of the Walter A. Wood Supply Company in Rossville, served 18 months with the 116th Infantry Group overseas. He held the Combat Infantryman Badge, and last week his parents received his Purple Heart award. He was the brother of Isaac Blake Jr., and Misses Alvarene, Marie, Louise and Ada Blake, all of Chattanooga.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 16 November 1924
- Date of death: 5 August 1944
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Battles: Normandy Campaign
- Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge
- Burial/Memorial Location: Brittany American Cemetery St. James (Manche) France
- Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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