Cerro Gordo County

Joseph Jon Blanchet




Name Draftees For July 8 Call
In Cerro Gordo

15 Men to Comprise Largest Quota
in Local Board History

Officials of draft board No. 1 Saturday announced the names of 15 draftees and one transfer who will leave here July 8 for Fort Des Moines and induction into the United States army.

The quota filling the largest call ever received here, is an answer to call No. 17. The situation is rather unusual in that draft board No. 2 received a request for no men in the same call. The situation arose through a clerical error at Des Moines which sent the entire number of men needed into draft board No. 1’s call instead of splitting it between the two boards.

The men have been ordered to report at 12:15 p. m. on July 8 at the Jefferson bus station in Mason City.

[Included] Joseph Jon Blanchet, 351, Ventura . . .

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Saturday, June 28, 1941, Page 18

Irene Balaban To Be Married

Mr. and Mrs. V. P. Balaban of Ventura announce the engagement of their daughter, Irene, to Pvt. Joseph J. Blanchet, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Blanchet of Ventura.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Thursday, July 23, 1942, Page 8

War Department Lists
Ventura Man Injured

Washington, (AP) – Among names of 13 Iowans wounded in action in the Mediterranean area announced by the war department Wednesday was Pvt. Joseph J. Blanchet of Ventura.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Wednesday, March 22, 1944, Page 8

NOTE: Pvt. Blanchet died in Italy on May 23, 1944.