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|Robert A. Blair
January 11, 1924–September 1943
|Word was received by Mr. and Mrs. M. O. Blair last Wednesday evening from the navy department that their son, Robert, was killed in action in the Atlantic.
The telegram read as follows: "The navy department deeply regrets to inform you that your son, Robert Alan Blair, seaman first class, United States Navy, was killed in action in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country. The department extends to you its sincerest sympathy in your great loss. On account of existing conditions the body if recovered cannot be returned at present. If further details are received you will be informed. To prevent possible aid to our enemies please do not divulge the name of his ship or station. Signed, Rear Admiral Randall Jacobs, chief of naval personnel."
Robert Blair, 20, the eldest son Mr. and Mrs. Blair was born in Morning Sun, on January 11, 1924. He attended the schools of Columbus Junction and was a member of the Methodist church. He enlisted in the navy in January, 1941, and he has been in every major action in the Atlantic war theatre. He was wounded in February, 1942, but returned to duty within a month. He enjoyed a four day furlough with his parents over Easter of this year. In the last letter received by his parents three weeks ago he was then in the Mediterean area.
Mr. and Mrs. Blair are newcomers to Anamosa making their home here in July. Mr. Blair is a guard at the Reformatory. Another son, Dean, is a sophomore in Anamosa high school.
Robert Blair is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. McDaniel of Oakdale, former Anamosa residents.
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