Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company K, 119th Infantry,
Place and date: Near St. Souplet, France, 11 October 1918.
Entered service at: Hurdle Mills, N.C.
Birth: Person County, N.C. G.O.
No.: 13, W.D., 1919.
Citation: 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.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)