Born: Jan. 24, 1916

Died: June 18, 1976

Wife: Irma (Hall) Bishop

 

Sgt. Benny Blubaugh - Baltimore

Benjamin Blubaugh played in the 29th Division band.  On the Christmas Day radio broadcast, he joined sergeants Jose Casanova and Sol Lurie of Baltimore, Warrant Officer Larry Smigel of Philadelphia, and pianist Sgt. Nick Grimaldi of Philadelphia, to sing a version of the Ink Spots’ hit, “Java Jive”.  Blubaugh was 40 when he died in 1961.

Born: March 17, 1920

Died: Jan. 26, 1961

Wife: Mary G (Hesson) Blubaugh 

 

George Bond (Red Cross) - Laurel, Md.

George Bond was a Senior Field Director for the Red Cross, assigned to the 29th Division in England during the war.  In November 1945 he was awarded the Bronze Star.  After the war, he worked with Maloney Concrete Co. in Washington, DC.  He died in 1963 at age 66.

Born: Nov. 1897

Died: Dec. 3, 1963

Wife: Anna Rose (Mann) Bond

 

Reporter Holbrook Bradley – Baltimore

Baltimore Sun correspondent Holbrook Bradley wrote the script for the infantry portions of the 1943 Christmas show.  Bradley joined The Sun in 1942 and covered Baltimore’s waterfront before being assigned to cover the 29th Infantry Division during the war.  He was with the 29th when they landed on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day through the German surrender.  After the war, he returned to Baltimore and worked for The Sun until joining the staff of Time-Life.  In 1948, he went to work for the State Department, then later worked for the United States Information Agency.  He wrote a book, published in 2007, about his coverage of World War II.  Bradley was the last surviving member of The Sun's World War II correspondents.  He died at age 93 in 2010.

Born: 1917

Died: July 10, 2010