Tec5 Ernest "Ernie" M. Blohm

November 24, 1917–May 24, 1944

Service #: 37190901
Enlistment Date: April 5, 1942
Residence: Center Junction, Jones, Iowa
Marital Status: Married


Tenth Casualty In County Since
First At Pearl Harbor

photoCENTER JUNCTION — Mrs. Ernest Blohm, Center Junction, received word Tuesday afternoon that her husband, Technician Fifth Grade Ernest Blohm, 25, had been killed in action in Italy.

She received a telegram the preceding Monday that he was missing in action in the Italian area since May 21. Technician Blohm served with an armored force tank battalion.

Married in 1942

He was inducted into the service April 5, 1942, and was sent overseas March 2, 1943. He served in the North Africa invasions, and at the Anzio beachhead.

He was married to Ruth Ann Serbousek, Center Junction, Dec. 16, 1942. Mrs. Blohm is employed in Davenport. Surviving him besides his wife is his father, Fred Blohm, a sister, Mrs. Norman Martens, Anamosa; and a brother, Marvin, in the armed forces.

First From Town

He is the first serviceman from the Center Junction community reported killed while in action. He is the tenth from Jones county reported killed while in the service.

Source: The Anamosa Journal, Anamosa, Iowa, June 15, 1944


photo Memorial services for Ernie Blohm, Tech. 5/G, were held at the Presbyterian church last Sunday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. F. G. Tyrrell. Lyle Thompson sang "The Sun Will Shine Again" and "The City Four Square," with Mrs. T. E. Stanton at the piano. The American Legion post No. 259 of Wyoming, was represented by the color bearers.

The flowers were arranged by Mrs. Sam Thompson, Mrs. Norman Johnson and Mrs. Mark Risinger and were taken to the Schick hospital at Clinton after the service.

Those from a distance who attended the service included Mr. and Mrs. Fred Blohm and family, Monticello; Mr. and Mrs. Norman Martens and son, Ronnie, of Anamosa; Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Battles, Maquoketa; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Serbousek and son, Allen Lee, of Iowa City; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Underwood and son, Marcella Otten and Mrs. Frank Preston, all of Cedar Rapids

Source: The Anamosa Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, June 29, 1944
Note: Buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, Plot: C-3, 0, 7646.