Elwin M. Blackstone
Elwin M. Blackstone was born on June 20, 1917 and raised in Wayne with his older brother Harold. Both boys attended Radnor High School, where the younger Mr. Blackstone participated in many extracurricular activities such as playing for the tennis and basketball teams, being a member of the Law and Order Club, the Glee Club and the Triangle Club, and performing in the band. Mr. Blackstone also earned membership in the National Honor Society for earning high marks in his courses and community service.
Mr. Blackstone attned college at the Delaware Institute of Technology. After graduating, he got married to his college sweetheart. He was drafted into the U.S. Army two years later and, after completing basic training, deployed to Europe in Gen. Patton's Third Army, seeing action in France, Belgium and Germany.
Sadly, Mr. Blackstone was killed in action in Pintsch, Luxembourg on January 25, 1945. His body was returned to the United States and buried at the Cemetery of Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge National Historical Park.