In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class
John Phillip Blais
Watertown, South Dakota
Codington County
December 30, 1919-August 15, 1943
Killed in Action in the Southwest Pacific.

Manila American Cemetery in Manila, Philippines.

John Phillip Blais was born on a farm near Watertown, South Dakota on December 30, 1919 to Henry Louis and Amelia (Krier) Blais.  He helped on the family farm near Henry before entering military service.

He was inducted into the United States Army on February 26, 1942 at Ft. Des Moines, Iowa.  He received Infantry Replacement Training at Camp Wolters, Texas.  He served with the 27th Infantry Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division.  He served overseas from June 22, 1942 to August 15, 1943.  He was killed in action in the South Pacific on August 15, 1943. 

At the time of death, his mother and father survived him.  He was buried at the Manila American Cemetery in Manila, Philippines.  He received the Purple Heart for his bravery.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Bonnie Bjork, Pierre, South Dakota on August 6, 2002.  Information for this entry was obtained from the SD Veterans Bonus Records, the American Battle Monuments Commission and the archives of the Watertown Public Opinion.