A Soldier's Story: Lieutenant Colonel Melvin Russell Blair
Enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1935 as a cavalryman, he was first assigned to Merrill's Mauraders, the special forces team assigned to Burma during WWII.
He briefly was assigned to the Pentagon before moving to General MacArthur's staff and then was assigned to hold Pusan's Perimeter in Korea.
Lieutenant Colonel Blair then served at the New York Military Acadamy, recreating an equestrian program until his full retirement.
He was also an active member of the American Legion.
Lieutenant Colonel Melvin Russell Blair died on April 19, 2008, and rests in Arlington Cemetery.