In Memory of
U.S. Army Private
Charles Clayton Blount
Brookings, South Dakota
Brookings County
November 26, 1918 – July 12, 1944
Killed in Action in France

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Charles Clayton Blount was born on November 26, 1918, in Braddock, North Dakota, to William and Alberta Blount. He and his family later moved to Brookings, South Dakota. Before entering the service on June 27, 1941 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, Charles worked for farmers in the Brookings area.

Private Charles Blount served in the United States Army from June 27, 1941, until July 12, 1944. On April 22, 1942, Charles married Virginia Foster at Leesville, Louisiana. After being shipped overseas in August of 1943, Pvt. Blount served in England and “was in the invasion forces which moved into Normandy on D-day,” according to the Brookings Register.

While Charles served in the Army, his brother Lawrence was also serving in the Army, and his brother Delmar was in the Navy.  Death struck for Pvt. Charles on July 12, 1944, while fighting in France, as part of the 33rd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division. His wife, Virginia, received a letter from the War Department on August 6, 1944, which read in part:

It is with regret that I am writing to confirm the recent telegram informing
you of the death of your husband, Private Charles C. Blount, 37,032,913,
Infantry, who was killed in action on 12 July 1944 in France.   

 Pvt. Charles C. Blount was buried at Plot G, Row 25, Grave 26, at Normandy American Cemetery at St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

I would like to thank Mr. Charles Clayton Blount for standing up for our country and fighting.  The world needs courageous men like him and the world lost one by his death.  God bless America and all the courageous men who helped us to live how we do today. 

This profile is respectfully submitted by Wade Kippley, seventh grade, Mickelson Middle School, Brookings SD, April 2002.  Information for this profile came from an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment, the Brookings Register 8/16/44 edition and the Yahoo search engine.