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Check Six – 1951: Dan Blocker

August 1, 2021

From the Department of Defense website

Bobby Dan Davis Blocker is best known as the TV actor who played Hoss Cartwright in the western “Bonanza,” but he was also a soldier who was wounded in action during the Korean War.

In 1946, Blocker played football at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. In 1947, he transferred to what was then known as Sul Ross State Teachers College in Alpine, Texas. There, he was a star football player and graduated in 1950.

Blocker was drafted into the Army during the Korean War in late 1950, receiving basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and nine more months of training in Sapporo, Japan. He then was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division in Korea from December 1951 to August 1952 and attained the rank of sergeant

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