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/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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World War I/Lys Campaign
From Month/Year
April / 1918
To Month/Year
April / 1918

Lys, 9 - 27 April 1918. Ludendorff still hoped to destroy the hard-hit British Army before it had a chance to recover from the effects of the Somme drive. This was the purpose of a new German attack launched on 9 April 1918 on a narrow front along the Lys River in Flanders. The Germans committed 46 divisions to the assault, and, using Hutier attacks once again, quickly scored a breakthrough. The British situation was desperate for some days. Haig issued his famous "backs to the wall" order and appealed to Foch for reinforcements. But the Allied Supreme Commander, convinced that the British could hold their line, refused to commit reserves he was building up in anticipation of the day when the Allies would again be able to seize the initiative. Foch's judgment proved to be correct, and Ludendorff called off the offensive on 29 April.

Since 21 March the Germans had suffered some 350,000 casualties without having attained any vital objectives; in the same period British casualties numbered about 305,000. About 500 Americans participated in the campaign, including troops of the 16th Engineers, 28th Aero Squadron, and 1st Gas Regiment.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
April / 1918
To Month/Year
April / 1918
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
Personal Memories
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  6 Also There at This Battle:
  • Bernard, Louis, CPL, (1917-1919)
  • Stubby, A. E. F., Sgt, (1917-1919)
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