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World War I - U.S. Army

Robert Lester Blackwell

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company K, 119th Infantry,
    30th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 11, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near St. Souplet, France
When his platoon was almost surrounded by the enemy and his platoon commander asked for volunteers to carry a message calling for reinforcements, Pvt. Blackwell volunteered for this mission, well knowing the extreme danger connected with it. In attempting to get through the heavy shell and machine-gun fire this gallant soldier was killed.
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert L. Blackwell
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert L. Blackwell
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Hurdle Mills, Person County, North Carolina
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: October 4, 1895, Person County, NC, United States
  • Died: October 11, 1918, France
  • Buried: Somme Cemetery (MH) (D-20-2), Bony Aisne, France
  • Location of Medal: North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC

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