In Memory of
U.S. Marine Private
Jean Alden Bly
Garretson, South Dakota
Minnehaha County
February 13, 1925-September 18, 1944
Oceanside, California

Jean Alden Bly

Jean Alden Bly was born February 13, 1925 to Clarence and Blanche Bly in Garretson, South Dakota.  Growing up, Jean was involved in 4-H and raising livestock.  He enjoyed judging hogs and cattle.  He graduated from Brookings High School in 1943. 

Jean enlisted in the United States Marines in Oceanside, California on June 27, 1944. He took his boot camp training in San Diego, California.  He was home for a brief furlough after his boot training.  He died of bronchial pneumonia on September 18, 1944 while stationed at Camp Pendleton, California.  He was only 19 years of age.

Private Bly is buried in Palisades Cemetery in Garretson, South Dakota.  His parents, one sister, Joann and four brothers, Richard, Lester, Bernie and Ray Bly survived him. 

This entry was respectfully submitted by Bonnie Bjork, Pierre, South Dakota on July 23, 2002.  Information for this entry was provided by Lester Bly, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and brother of Private Jean Bly.