Blandy, William Henry Purnell “Spike”, born on 28-06-1890 in New York City, known to friends as ” Spike “, was an Admiral in the United States Navy during World War II. Blandy was most known for overseeing the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Island in the Pacific Ocean. Blandy served on board the battleship Florida with the British Grand Fleet during World War I. During World War II he was Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance from 1941 to 1943, then Commander, Group 1, Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet and commanded the pre-invasion bombardment group during the campaign for Iwo Jima. One of Blandy’s pronouncements is : I am not an atomic playboy, as one of my critics labeled me, exploding these bombs to satisfy my personal whim. As said after the war he commanded Joint Task Force 1, during the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll.
Death and burial ground of Blandy, William Henry Purnell “Spike”.
Admiral Blandy retired in 1950 and died on 12-01-1954, at the age of 63, at the U.S. Navy Hospital in St. Albans, New York and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 2. Close by the graves of General, Commander 92nd “ Negro Division”, Edward “Ned” Almond, Major General, Commander 8th Bomber Command Europe, Frederick Anderson, Rear Admiral, Commander Destroyer Greyson, Frederic Bell, General, Commander 32nd Infantry Division, Clovis Byers, Navy Admiral. Battle of the Leyte Gulf, Robert Carney, Air Force General Lieutenant, Claire Chennault, Lieutenant General, Commander 4th Corps, Italy Campaign, Willis Dale Crittenberger, Brigadier General, First African-American General, Benjamin Davis, Quartermaster Lieutenant General, John Lesesne De Witt, Major General and Head OSS, William Donovan, Brigadier General, Speck Easley, Brigade General, Assistant Commanding General 45th Division, nickname “Thunderbird” Over the course of its history, the 45th Infantry Division sustained over 25.000 battle casualties, and its men were awarded nine Medals of Honor, twelve campaign streamers, the Croix de Guerre. Also buried John Huston Church.Marine Corps Major General, Commander 1st Raider Battalion, Merrit “Red Mike” Edson , Lieutenant General, VIII Army, Robert Eichelberger, Navy Admiral, Commander Nord Pacific Fleet, Frank Fletscher and Navy Admiral, Commander VII Forces, William Fechteler, Admiral, U.S. Chief of Naval Material, John Gingrich and U.S. Brigadier General,“ Merrills Marauders “ in Burma, Frank Dawn Merrill, U.S. 4* Navy Vice Admiral, Commander U.S.S. Hornet, Doolittle Raid, Marc Mitscher.
Cemetery and grave location of Blandy, William Henry Purnell “Spike”