Fallen Warrior: Capt. Edward A. Blake

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Edward A. Blake, 1st Air Commando Squadron, Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, Douglas A-1E Skyraider pilot, from Long Beach, Mississippi served during the Vietnam War. 
Blake graduated pilot training at Bryan Air Force Base, Texas and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. Blake was stationed with the 339th Bomb Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, where he showed exceptional pilot skills and outstanding leadership ability.
Blake was killed on October 29, 1964, during an aerial mission at the Vung Tau Gunnery Range near Bien Hoa. His aircraft had developed an engine fire and his cockpit became engulfed in flames before he and his fellow crewmembers could parachute to safety. Blake had participated in numerous combat missions over Southeast Asia. 
His dedication, professionalism and bravery earned him many honors throughout his career including the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart, Air Force Longevity Service Award with one oak leaf cluster, Combat Infantry Badge and Parachutist Badge. 
The Blake Fitness Center is named in honor of Blake, as it personifies his physically demanding lifestyle and dedicated career. At the fitness center, Airmen are able to push themselves and strive towards peak physical condition to fight for the Air Force, much like Blake was during his life.  
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