WWII - Army
In 1940, Fred Blood joined the Washington National Guard for the promise of clean sheets and consistent meals, but rapidly found himself called to active duty upon the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. The next four years of his life would be spent on the seas and in the jungles of the exotic Pacific. On New Guinea, he received his introduction to combat, being subjected to watching his friends butchered around him by bursting artillery shells and white hot shrapnel. With the horrors, came lighter moments, such as when he had the opportunity to Douglas MacArthur. Fred passed away in 2018 at 102 years old.