BLAZ, Ben Garrido, (1928 - 2014)


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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BLAZ, Ben Garrido, a Delegate from Guam; born in Agana, Guam, February 14, 1928; lived on the island during the 3 years of Japanese occupation during World War II; graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., 1951; M.A., George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1963; graduated from the Naval War College, Newport, R.I., 1971; commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1951, awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Medal with Combat “V”, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and retired with the rank of brigadier general in 1980; professor, University of Guam 1983-1984; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1985-January 3, 1993); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Third Congress in 1992; died on January 8, 2014, in Fairfax, Va.; interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.