BLAZ, Ben Garrido, (1928 - 2014)


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Photography Collection

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; was graduated from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., in 1951; received an M.A. from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 1963; was graduated from the Naval War College, Newport, R.I., in 1971; commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. 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 at the 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 in 1992 to the One Hundred Third Congress; died on January 8, 2014, in Fairfax, Va.