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Amsterdam war hero remembered

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John Joseph Blanchfield, who led more than a hundred prisoners of war to safety in 1945, died Nov. 3 at Albany’s veterans’ hospital. He was 88. Born in Schenectady, Blanchfield was raised in Amsterdam, the son of James and Teresa Blanchfield. James Blanchfield was circulation manager for the Recorder. Amsterdam attorney Robert Going said Jack Blanchfield was one of his true heroes. Going has written an extensive account of Blanchfield’s wartime experiences for his forthcoming ...

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