In Memory of
Marine Private First Class
Lloyd Blow
Woonsocket, South Dakota
Sanborn County
September 4, 1914 —February 22, 1945
Killed in Action on Iwo Jima

Lloyd Blow  Lloyd Blow headstone

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 Victory medal.

This 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.