Welford C. Blinn
Lieutenant

USN
USS West Virginia


Welford Charles Blinn served as a division officer aboard the USS West Virginia in the 1930s.  He became a Japanese prisoner of war when the ship he was commanding, USS Pope (DD-225), was sunk by the Japanese on March 1, 1942. He was awarded the Navy Cross 3 times, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. 


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