SERGEANT GEORGE BLAESE JR. was born in 1923 to George and Fannie Blaese. By 1930 George Blaese Sr. owned a home at 35 Jackson Road in Berlin NJ next door to his brother Frank Blaese, and. worked as a window glazier in a local lumber yard. Besides George Jr., there was a daughter Darlene Blaese. Before enlisting in the Marines, he worked for the Bartlett & Seaman Company in Collingswood NJ.
George Blaese Jr. enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, November 16, 1942. He served in Company F, 24th Regt., 2nd Bn., 4th Division. and had been promoted to the rank of Sergeant when he was killed in action on Saipan, Marianas Islands, on June 17, 1944 and interred there. He had previously seen action in the Marshall Islands. He was awarded posthumously the Bronze Star Medal, on June 2, 1946, with the following Citation:
“The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the BRONZE STAR MEDAL posthumously to SERGEANT GEORGE BLAESE, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE for service set forth in the following CITATION:
‘For heroic achievement as Squad Leader of a Rifle Platoon serving with the Second Battalion, twenty-fourth Marines, Fourth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, from 15 to 17 June 1944. When his squad was subjected to a fierce and accurate volley from an enemy fieldpiece at close range, Sergeant Blaese vigorously countered the hostile attack, fearlessly moving form man to man while directing their return fire. Mortally wounded in the performance of his hazardous task, Sergeant Blaese, by his zealous efforts and able leadership, rendered valuable service, which was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
For the President,
Secretary of the Navy
George Blaese Jr. was brought home after the war. He was buried on June 19, 1948 at Berlin Cemetery in Berlin NJ.
June 17, 1948
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