Sergeant John H. Blackburn was born on August 7, 1918. He was the son of George and Bessie Blackburn. He had one brother, Jacob S. Blackburn. He was married and worked as a machinist. He enlisted in the military on March 28, 1941 in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. He died on May 26, 1944. His death is listed as died non-battle. He is buried in Union Cemetery in Knox County.

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