Cpl. Jackey Blosser
He’s coming home! After 69 years missing during the Korean War, Corporal Jackey D. Blosser, 21 of Pickens, WV (Randolph County) will be laid to rest at the WV National Cemetery in Grafton, WV on Friday, July 31, 2020. CPL Blosser was born August 31, 1929 in Parsons, WV and was the son of the late William Henry Blosser and Minnie Edna (Schoonover) Blosser of Montrose, WV. He was the 11th of fourteen children. He is survived by one sister, Bonnie Shingleton of Flat Rock, Michigan and numerous nieces and nephews. Following CPL Blosser in death were 5 brothers, Wilford Blosser, Montrose, WV, James Willard Blosser, Elkins, WV, William Junior Blosser, Colfax, WV, Billie Blosser, Weston, WV, and Sam Blosser, Parsons, WV, 7 sisters, Mildred Hansford, Parsons, WV, Pauline Miller, Gilman, WV, Juanita Martin, Parsons, WV, Rosella Simmons, Parsons, WV, Betty Hull, Buckhannon, WV, Georgia McDaniels, Grafton, WV and Wanda Newman, GA. CPL Blosser entered the U.S. Army September 14, 1948 and served with Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He went missing in action on December 2, 1950, after Chinese Communist Forces (CCF) attacked his unit during their withdrawal from the Pungnyuri Inlet to Hagaruri, North Korea, during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. The exact details of his loss are unknown. In 2018, the North Korean government turned over fifty-five boxes containing the remains of U.S. service members, including one that contained remains reportedly recovered from Sinhungri in the South Hamgyong Province of North Korea, near where CPL Blosser went missing. U.S. analysts with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) used laboratory analyses and circumstantial evidence to identify CPL Blosser from among these collective remains, and his family was notified on November 12, 2019. CPL Blosser’s medals and ribbons include a Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge. He is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. Do to the COVID-19 guidelines, a private funeral service will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Grafton on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 8:00:-9:30 a.m. with Army Chaplin Joe Ward officiating. Interment will follow at the WV National Cemetery in Grafton at 10:00 a.m. Military honors will be conducted by the US Army Honor Guard from Camp Dawson. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency by logging onto: https://www.dpaa.mil/Contact/Donate-to-the-Mission/ Contributions assist the DPAA as they continue to recover and identify service members missing from World Wars I & II, Korea and Vietnam. The Donald G. Ford Funeral Home in Grafton is honored to be handling the arrangements for the Blosser family. Online Condolences: www.donaldgfordfuneralhome.com
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