Veterans' Memorial Project

John Hubert Blum

Normal, IL

World War II

College: Education

Graduation Year: 1941

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Date of Birth: 06/09/1919

Date of Death: 01/07/1945

Affiliations: Sigma Chi

Lt. Blum was a member of the “Flying Illini” at NAS Pensacola. He survived the sinking of the USS Long (DMS-12) on January 6, 1945, but perished aboard the USS Hovey (DMS-11) on January 7, 1945. He is listed as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Lt. Blum was awarded the Purple Heart.

– submitted by Neil McNeight, second cousin

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