Blackwell, Robert Lester, Pvt

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1918-1918, 521, 30th Infantry Division
Service Years
1917 - 1918


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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hurdle Mills, North Carolina
Last Address
Saint-Souplet, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

Casualty Date
Oct 11, 1918
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War I/World War I/Lys Campaign
Location of Interment
Somme American Cemetery - Bony, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: D-20-2

 Official Badges 

Wound Chevron (1917-1932)

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorWorld War I FallenCongressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1918, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  1918, World War I Fallen
  1919, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
30th Infantry Division
  1918-1918, 521, 30th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/Somme Defensive Campaign
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/Lys Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War I Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in Person County, North Carolina, he served in the United States Army during World War I as a Private in Company K, 119th Infantry, 30th Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near St. Souplet, France, on October 11, 1918. His citation reads "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 machinegun fire this gallant soldier was killed". His Medal of Honor was posthumously awarded in 1919 and and was the only one accredited to the state of North Carolina for World War I service.

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