High School Wall of Honor
Edker William Blythe
Class of January, 1961
|Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. As additional accurate information is received for Ed, it will be entered on this page appropriately.|
|Edker William Blythe|
|Ed graduated from North High in the January, 1961 class. His next of kin was Mr. and Mrs. Edker H. Blythe, 3919 8th Street, Des Moines, IA. His service number was RA17601092.|
OPERATION LONG THRUST: Consistent with President Kennedy's August 1961 directive to augment U.S. Berlin Brigade, in 1962-1963 1st Infantry Division rotated four Infantry Battle Group Task Forces (reinforced by Big Red One Artillery & Transportation units) from Ft. Riley to West Germany from where they motor marched through communist East Germany to surrounded West Berlin. 1st Division units involved were 2nd Battle Group, 12th Infantry; 1st Battle Group, 13th Infantry; 1st Battle Group, 28th Infantry; & 2nd Battle Group, 26th Infantry. 2/12th was in Berlin during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 1/28th greeted President Kennedy on 26 June 1963, the day of his memorable "Ich bin Ein Berliner" speech.
The influx of troops and dependents placed new demands on the forts infrastructure. Work began on Custer Hill where new quarters, barracks and work areas were constructed. A new hospital, named in honor of Major General B. J. D. Irwin, was constructed to provide medical care.
In the decade following, 1st Infantry Division units trained to respond to any threat that might arise in Europe or other parts of the world. Construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 and Cuban Missile Crisis the following year witnessed heightened alert for soldiers stationed at Fort Riley.
Fort Huachuca is a United States Army installation whose garrison is under the command of the United States Army Installation Management Command. It is located in Sierra Vista in Cochise County, in southeast Arizona, about 15 miles (24 km) north of the border with Mexico. Beginning in 1913, for its first 20 years the fort was the base for the "Buffalo Soldiers" of the 10th Cavalry Regiment. During the buildup of World War II, the fort had quarters for more than 25,000 male soldiers and hundreds of WACs. In the 2010 census, Fort Huachuca had a population of about 6,500 active duty soldiers, 7,400 military family members and 5,000 civilian employees. Fort Huachuca has over 18,000 people on post during the peak working hours of 0700 and 1600 on week days, making it one of the busiest Army installations.
Hill Farms, Warrenton, VA
Vint Hill Farms Station (VHFS) was a United States Army and National Security Agency (NSA) signals intelligence and electronic warfare facility located in Fauquier County, Virginia, near Warrenton. VHFS was closed in 1997 and the land was sold off in 1999. Today the site hosts various engineering and technology companies, as well as two Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control facilities.
The 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized)nicknamed the "Red Diamond", the "Red Devils", or "die Roten Teufel"was an infantry division of the United States Army that served in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War, and with NATO and the U.S. Army III Corps. It was disbanded and deactivated on 24 November 1992.
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