Private Jesse J. Bledsoe was assigned to the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. At the time of his death the 29th was involved in the assault on Saint-Lo, France during the Normandy Campaign. He died of wounds on 20 July 1944 and is interred at H,20,31 Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

Charles Ray Bledsoe was born in 1922 in Tennessee, son of Mack Bledsoe. Brother of Charles Ray Bledsoe who also died in France and who is buried at the Brittany American Cemetery.

Rogersville Review, December 14, 1944
Pvt. Jesse James Bledsoe ( in foreground without tie) was killed in action July 20, 1944. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Bledsoe of Rogersville. Pvt. Bledsoe entered the army June 5, 1942 and served five months overseas. Private Charlie Ray Bledsoe, a brother of the man pictured above, also gave his life for his country.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of death: 20 July 1944
  • County: Hawkins
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Normandy Campaign
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XII, Middle Panel
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