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Johnnie William Blanton
Denison Herald Sept. 1943
JOHNNIE W. BLANTON SURVIVED BLUE SINKING - A veteran at 19 -- survivor of the U.S.S. Blue, being rescued after hours in the war and having experienced the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Coral Sea, and the Solomons!
   That's the record of Seaman First Class Johnnie William Blanton, a former
Denison Herald carrier, who entered the navy 22 months ago after completing
the tenth grade in high school here.
   A native of Caddo, Okla., he had been in Denison three years when he
enlisted.  His mother, Mrs. Willie Bruhin, lives at 123 East Day.  Brothers
and sisters include Kay Ferrell, Robert Blanton, Allen Blanton and Junior
Brown, all of 123 East Day.
   Adding to his experiences, he was stationed in Australia when last heard
from.  (researcher's note:  In addition to the above named family members,
Johnnie W. Blanton's immediate family members included his father, William
Franklin Blanton and step-mother Frankie Monroe Martin Blanton of Bokchito,Okla, grandmother Margaret Elizabeth Keller Blanton Jones of Vickery, Texas, half-brothers and sisters, Dorothy Mae Blanton, Billy Ray Blanton, Nora Faye Blanton and Bobby Jay Blanton, all of Bokchito, OK.)

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