My uncle Edmond M. Blach from Capac, Michigan was a Marine KIA on Iwo Jima by a Japanese sniper, so I've been told.Date of Death:February 28, 1945.
My uncle Walter Blach, Navy-Marines?, also served in the Military during WWII, and I've been told he was MIA at Pearl Harbor but can't find anything to confirm this.Nat'l Personnel Records Center cannot find Walter either in their records.I'm lost on this one.
I am this Blach Family Genealogist, researching for any and all articles, stories, military lists, web links, how-to-search-and-get-military-records, etc that provide more info on my uncles I never got to know.I've been told Edmond rec'd a Bronze Star in return for his death on Iwo Jima.
Please let me share my copy of a Michigan Detroit newspaper article ca. 1945 that might help one of you entitled, "Remains of 3 Arrive In US" that reads as follows:
...Remains of three District veterans who died in the Pacific Theater have arrived in the US aboard the Army transport, Dalton Victory, the Department of the Army announced today. ... The World War II heroes, temporarily buried in military cemeteries in Japan, Saipain and the Philippine Islands, are among 115 returned to Michigan and 2,554 arriving in their native land. ... They are: PFC EDMOND M. BLACH, Capac, PFC FRANK S. GUBALA, formerly of Marine City. CM3C THOMAS J. HERMAN Avoca ... All were returned for reburial at the request of next of kin. ... Pfc Blach, 22, USMC, was killed in action Feb 28 on Iwo Jima.His next of kin is Wesley Ledebuhr, 14201 Foley Rd., Capac. ... Pfc Gubala, a former resident of Marine City was returned at request of Mrs. Josephine Szymanski, formerly of 122 Broadway St., Marine City.
Sorry, rest of article ends there regarding Herman.