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Alexander Anderson Blackhall, Jr.
Second Lieutenant, United States Air Force


William Melvin Blackhall
First Lieutenant, United States Air Force
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Submitted in July 1998 by Dr. James F. White

Second Lieutenant Alexander Anderson Blackhall, Jr., and his identical twin brother, First Lieutenant William Melvin Blackhall were born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, on 14 November 1930 of Scottish immigrant parents. The boys were farmers and were very active in 4-H Clubs and F.F.A. They were honor graduates, in animal science, of the University of Maryland where they also got their reserve commissions in Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).

Second Lieutenant Alexander "Sandy" Anderson Blackhall died in a jet plane training accident at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. First Lieutenant William "Bill" Melvin Blackhall died in an automobile accident near Clovis, New Mexico, fourteen months after his brother's death.

They were inseparable and indistinguishable. The Air Force used them as models in publicity type photos. They are buried side by side in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Alexander Anderson Sandy Blackhall, Jr. PHOTO

Alexander Anderson Blackhall, Jr.
Date of birth: 14 November 1930
Date of death: 09 December 1952
Died on active duty
Section 3 No. 4139-A

William Melvin Blackhall PHOTO

William Melvin Blackhall
Date of birth: 14 November 1930
Date of death: 22 February 1954
Died on active duty Section 3 No. 4139-B



BLACKHALL, ALEXANDER ANDERSON JR
3600TH FLYING TRN. W
DATE OF BIRTH: 11/14/1930
DATE OF DEATH: 12/09/1952
BURIED AT: SECTION 3  SITE 4139-A
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

BLACKHALL, WILLIAM MELVIN
388 FIGHTER BOMBER W
DATE OF BIRTH: 11/14/1930
DATE OF DEATH: 02/22/1954
BURIED AT: SECTION 3  SITE 4139-B
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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