KAWKAWLIN TOWNSHIP, Michigan (WJRT) - (12/31/2018) - He paid the ultimate sacrifice and on Monday, a portion of M-13 was dedicated to Private First Class Alan Blohm who was killed in action in Iraq 12 years ago on Monday.
Seven months ago, Jeremy Blohm and his younger sister Kiana Blohm reached out to State Senator Mike Green-who introduced a bill dedicating a six-mile stretch of M-13 to their brother.
On Monday afternoon, the sign was officially unveiled.
We spoke with Jeremy about why the location, from Linwood Road to the Village of Kawkawlin was so important.
"It's here in our hometown, it where Alan and I were raised, and it'll be here as long as we're here," he said.
On December 31st, 2006, 21-year old Alan Robert Blohm died from from "multiple blast fragment injuries" after an IED detonated near his unit.
He was on combat patrol in Al Anbar Province.
His older brother Jeremy Blohm, who works for the Michigan Department of Transportation, worked on the lettering and installation of the sign.
He hopes it will serve as a reminder to those who drive by of the sacrifice his younger brother made while serving with the U.S. Army during "Operation Iraqi Freedom."
He said his brother was tasked with retrieving unexploded ordinances from towns, then taking them out into the desert to detonate them, in an effort to keep people safe.
When returning to base after one of his missions, his humvee hit an IED.
"Alan fought for everybody's beliefs," he said," not just one person's beliefs, he fought for freedom, he fought for our rights to stand up for each other, he paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can all live here and enjoy the lives that we live."
Alan Blohm, a Bay City Western High School graduate, enlisted in the Army in 2005. He was deployed to Iraq in October of 2006.
Businesses and citizens chipped in with donations to cover the costs of the two signs that are now posted along M-13 to honor his memory.