|8th Infantry Division troops advance between Normandy hedgerows around the time Pvt. Bledsoe was killed.|
Wilbur O. Bledsoe could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on March 19, 1917 in Missouri. His parents were also both born in Missouri. His father was a farmer and later a laborer in a fire clay mine. Wilbur had an older brother and three older sisters plus three younger brothers. By 1940 Wilbur had completed an 8th grade education and was working as a shoe worker.
Wilbur became a private in Company F, 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division. His unit landed on Utah Beach on July 4, 1944. Fighting through the Normandy hedgerows, the 8th ID crossed the Ay River on July 26, 1944. Two days later Pvt. Bledsoe was killed.
There is a memorial to Pvt. Bledsoe at Owensville City Cemetery in Owensville, Missouri.
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