PVT Arthur Blanton was born 2 May 1893 in Harlan County, Kentucky the youngest of 3 sons of Henry Clay and Louisa (Howard) Blanton. The family farmed.
After entering the Army, Arthur was assigned to H Company 116th Infantry. He was with that unit aboard the USS Finland for the trip to France in June 1918. PVT Blanton was killed in action on 23 Oct 1918.