T/4 Sgt. William Earl Blake
U.S. Army, WWII Veteran
William Earl Blake was born in West Virginia in 1919. He joined the service in 1940 when he was 21 years old.
T/4 Sgt. Blake served in the U.S. Army for five years and was stationed at Camp Chaffey in heavy artillery, then went on to a New York military base where he shipped out during World War II. He was involved in missions in Belgium, Italy, France and throughout Europe. His was a part of the 250th Field Artillery. He says they call the artilleries Big Bertha.
He remembers lying in a field at night with machine guns going over him that sounded like popcorn. When he came home after the war, he met the love of his life Hazel Anderson and spent the next 67 years by her side in Mannford, Oklahoma until she passed away in August of 2012. They have four children, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.