Virginia Heroes

Ernest David Blankenship

Painter, Second Class, Navy

Born: May 24, 1916
Hometown: Roanoke City, Virginia
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: September 30, 1942
Died In: Pacific

Painter Second Class Blankenship served aboard the USS Alhena when it was hit by an enemy torpedo. He died of his wounds and was buried at sea.

His name is memorialized in the National Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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