In Memory of
Marine Private First Class
Woonsocket, South Dakota
September 4, 1914 —February 22, 1945
Killed in Action on Iwo Jima
Lloyd Blow was born
on September 4, 1914, to Ernest Blow and Mary (Watznaur) Blow. Lloyd was born
into a family of ten children, eight boys and two girls, in Woonsocket, South
Dakota. As a child, Lloyd lived with his parents at Watauga. Blow later lived
in Mobridge and Ipswich, where he worked for the Milwaukee railroad and at
Kaiser shipyards in Richmond, California.
Lloyd married Ellen Cessna in McIntosh, South
Dakota, on November 23, 1936. To them three children were born: one daughter,
Mary Ellen, and two sons, Robert and Dennis.
Lloyd joined the Marines during WW II and was
stationed in the Pacific theater of operations. Marine Private First Class
Lloyd Blow, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, was killed
in action on Iwo Jima on February 22, 1945. Pfc. Blow’s remains were returned to
the United States; he is buried in the cemetery in Watauga.
Pfc. Lloyd Blow was awarded the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation
ribbon bar with star, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal, and the World War II
entry was respectfully submitted by Jessica Wallace, 8th Grade West,
Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, March 7, 2000. Information for
this entry was provided by Sandra Johnson of Mammoth, AZ, Antonetta Grubl of
Sturgis, SD, and Mary E. Mathern and Ellen Papke of Mina, South Dakota.
Headstone photo courtesy of Herman Kraft, Timber Lake.