Bluitt, Jenkins Harold, Sgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 511-Armorer
Last AFSC Group
Ordnance/Maintenance (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 511, 332nd Fighter Group
Service Years
1943 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Sergeant

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1913
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Mexia, Texas
Last Address
Montecorvino Airfield, Italy

Date of Passing
Mar 31, 1944
 
Location of Interment
Woodland Cemetery - Mexia, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unofficial Badges 

Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal


 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Tuskegee AirmenIn the Line of Duty
  1944, Tuskegee Airmen - Assoc. Page
  1944, In the Line of Duty


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Jenkins Harold Bluitt was the seventh child born to Herbert and Ida Bluitt. He was born on February 28, 1913, in Limestone County, Texas. Like most of his siblings, he was a member of the Methodist faith. Jenkins was a product of the Woodland Public School System. Wanting to further his education, he enrolled at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, around 1932. Jenkins returned home briefly. He wanted to complete his education. Therefore, he enrolled at Prairie A&M College. Jenkins did not complete his education, because World War II had begun and many of the young men were going to war. Jenkins did, too. 

While at Prairie View, Jenkins met Emma Pauline Jones, a young woman enrolled at the college. Before going off to war, he married Pauline. Jenkins entered the military in March 1943. He completed basic training and was assigned to the African-American flying group at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. Most members in this unit were college graduates or had college training. Jenkins had this qualification and then some. He made history by becoming a member of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Jenkins was an armorer fitting munitions on P-39, P-40 and P-51 aircraft during 1943 and 1944. He and several of his crew mates were struck by a locomotive, while traveling in a truck away from the camp area (possibly to the flightline) crossing a train track. Jenkins died as a result of injuries to his head on Friday, March 31, 1944.

Jenkins was laid to rest at the U.S. Military Cemetery at Mt. Soprano, Paestrum, Italy, on April 2, 1944. However, his body was disinterred and returned home to Mexia for final burial in the Woodland Cemetery in Limestone County on August 29, 1948.
   
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WWII - European Theater of Operations/Anzio Campaign (1944)
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(Anzio Campaign 22 January to 24 May 1944) On January 1944, in conjunction with a frontal assault, the Allies attempted to turn the Gustav Line by landing troops at Anzio. But the frontal attack failed, and the Allies were unable to break out of the beachhead at Anzio until the Gustav Line was breached in May 1944.
 
   
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