Edgar Blankenship, Motor Sergeant of the 48th

Al's story - It happened at about the fifteenth mile of our hike that night. WE all had begun to tire. Colonel Goodpaster was leading the battalion with M/Sgt Blankenship at his side. The pace was not slow but it was deliberate, one that was best suited to a group of 300 men. All of a sudden an over eager hiker decided things were not going fast enough for him, he wanted to show off his 19 year old physique. He wanted to lead the battalion. With a sudden quickening of pace he started to pass the leaders on the left of the column. Just as he drew even with Sgt. Blank a huge arm came swinging from out of the night, The eager beaver flew backward into the bar ditch with the warning “get back into your place soldier, no one walks in front of “The Very First Sergeant of this Battalion”. He was indeed that, a leader of the first order & he was proud to hold the honor of being “The Very First Sergeant”.

Edgar Blankenship, Motor Sergeant of the 48th