Lloyd Blackler

Lloyd Blackler

Mr. Blackler served during the Korean War.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He was raised in Nebraska.

Source: Interview of Lloyd Blackler by interviewer Christy Gene Brostby (below, undated)

“During the Korean War I was a seaman.” (Laughter) “My dog tag numbers were 300099. My blood type was O, and you wear that on there all the time, on your dog tag. This is seven years after the big war WWII is when we got into Korea. And right now, the WWII veterans are dying off pretty fast . . . so it won’t be long before the Korean veterans start dying off, the ones that are still alive, because you know that time marches on and waits for no man.

“Going back in my history, in 1949 I was a senior in high school, and we had a blizzard of ’49. it’s a bad blizzard that year and of course, my brother who was in high school with me . . . we lucked out and were snowed in, in town. So we had . . . that freed us of all our duties out on the ranch . . . and so then we could get in trouble in the town, but we had a good time. Anyways, I started the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, 400 miles from where we lived in western Nebraska. And then I came home and was taken . . . being drafted into the Army. So a couple of my buddies, we took the train from Alliance to Denver. Took our 5528.00 . . . “

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