Harry Blankenship was born at Flag Pond, Tennessee, the son of Clingman Erwin Blankenship and Minnie Belle Hensley.

Sergeant Harry Blankenship was assigned to the 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division during the Normandy Campaign. He died 26 June 1944 and is interred at F,14,44, Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

The Greeneville Sun, August 3, 1944
Sgt. Harry Blankenship, aged 33, was killed in action in France, June 26, according to a telegram from the War Department received Sunday by his brother, Mr. Earl Blankenship of Grenneville, Rt. 9. Sgt. Blankenship was first reported as missing in action, the first message arriving here ten days ago.
Sgt. Blanekenship who was in the infantry entered the service January 20, 1942 and had been in foreign service since the past December.
A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Blankenship, he had made his home with his brother, Mr. Earl Blankenship for the past seventeen years. His survivors in addition to his brohter include another brother, Clarence Blankenship, GM1c, U.S. Navy, and five sisters, Mrs. Robert Walker of Johnson City, Mrs. Connard Olley of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mrs. Leon Gray of Johnson City, Cpl Louise Blankenship of the WAC, somewhere in England and Miss Edith Blankenship of Johnson City.

Silent Heroes Profile

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 17 June 1909
  • Date of death: 26 June 1944
  • County: Greene
  • Hometown: Greeneville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Normandy Campaign
  • Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar IX, Middle Panel
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