|Name:||Raymond Carlyle Blanton|
|Rank:||Staff Sergeant (SSGT)|
|Status:||Killed in action (KIA)|
|Died:||October 14, 1944|
|Unit:||9th Infantry Division
60th Infantry Regiment
|Commemorated:||Tablets of the missing
U.S. Cemetery and Memorial
|Case ID:||# 0007|
George Blanton (Father)
Ruby (Hall) Blanton (Mother)
George Blanton (Brother)
Shirley (Apperson) Blanton (Sister)
Marion Blanton (Sister)
Louise Blanton (Sister)
Dot Blanton (Sister)
Janet Blanton (Sister)
Mil Blanton (Sister)
Nancy Fraker (Niece)
Raymond C. Burrows (Nephew)
On April 28, 2020 Stichting Missing In Action (MIA) was informed by the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) that SSGT Raymond C. Blanton was officially accounted for. SSGT Blanton was until that day officially reported non-recoverable since October 15, 1945 (MIA + 1 year & 1 day)
Het DPAA publishes a press release with Release No: 20-058 April 28, 2020 and it provides the following statement;
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Staff Sgt. Raymond C. Blanton, 19, killed during World War II, was accounted for April 23, 2020.
In October 1944, Blanton was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Germeter, Germany, in the Raffelsbrand Forest, when he was killed in action on Oct. 14. Blanton could not be recovered because of the on-going fighting.
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.
Blanton’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001DVBNCEA5.